For over 35 years I’ve supported founders and leaders to achieve their goals. As their commercial counsel I’ve been the person with that rare objective detachment, providing a listening ear and curiosity about what they want to achieve for the business. For much of my career I have been a leader of high performing teams, and most recently, I was part of the senior management team (the GC) of a high-achieving start up, Collecting Cars.
I provide business and commercial consultancy and advice to fast growth and SME businesses. This includes high level advice to the board on commercial issues, strategy, risk and legal compliance. I can be a board advisor, or I can be a non-executive director; I’ve held several board level roles, and will always give pragmatic advice focused on the business needs.
My client companies are usually £1m to £20m turnover, owner-managed and on a growth strategy, possibly seeking a liquidity event. I work across a range of sectors and I am particularly experienced in professional services, software and tech, e-commerce, retail, luxury goods, food, and automotive.
Strategic approach to a commercial or legal problem, I can be the “sounding board” for the management team, support the team as general counsel
Establishment of in-house legal function, how to hire your first lawyer and build the in house team
Supply chain, channels to market and customer contract relationships
How to manage risk and compliance at board level
Commercial deal structuring, negotiating commercial terms and contract management
How to prepare the business for a liquidity event or VC investment rounds
Intellectual property strategy and brand protection