I have worked with Ortolan Legal since 2010 and used their services extensively. They have provided corporate and commercial legal advice and we have also drawn on their capability in the areas of employment law, dispute resolution and property law. What makes them so different is their ability consistently to deliver commercially focussed and high quality advice at a price point which simply cannot be matched by other law firms. They aim to strip out unnecessary overhead costs, concentrate on the quality of their core service and pass on these cost savings to their clients. It works.Charlie Blackburn, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Brighttalk
I qualified as a commercial and corporate solicitor in 1992 following a 10 year career as a British Army officer. After training and working in the City for Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown) on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, I then moved into the leisure and hospitality industry where I became CEO of a number of businesses including a NASDAQ listed international company. In 2009 I set up Ortolan Legal to introduce a radically different way of providing quality commercial legal advice without the exorbitant costs associated with conventional law firms. I remain actively involved in advising many of our clients and when I am not doing this or assisting our sister company, Ortolan People, I spend my spare time cooking, boring anyone who cares to listen about my latest food exploits and flying.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1995 after studying law at Oxford University and training at Eversheds. Since then I have spent the vast majority of my career as an in-house lawyer advising on a broad range of commercial and corporate matters. My in house experience has taught me to be pragmatic and commercial in the advice I give. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, barre, Scandinavian dramas and pushing my very young niece to achieve the golfing stardom I have never achieved nor been interested in achieving.
I qualified as an Employment specialist in 2008. I advise on a broad range of employment matters both litigious and non-contentious. I counsel businesses on dismissal strategy and lawful termination techniques (such as dismissing on redundancy grounds and poor performance), to advising on settlement opportunities. Apart from conducting litigation in the Employment Tribunal, I advise on corporate transactions and the application of TUPE alongside generalist advice on a range of contractual matters and HR queries both for employers and employees. I pride myself on taking a pragmatic view to often emotive staffing issues to reach a swift resolution for all parties where possible.
I am an avid rugby fan and can be regularly found at my local Rugby Club (Fylde RFC) where I Chair the Ladies Committee or sipping bubbles at Twickenham as I cheer on England...or just in the pub sipping some alcoholic beverage!