I’ve personally worked with Ortolan Legal’s managing director on a number of transactions. Their legal advice doesn’t come wrapped in multiple caveats; it takes account of the commercial realities businesses face. Technically, they are really capable and they’re also highly personable people to work with. They represent real value for money.John Neill CBE, Chairman and CEO Unipart Group
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 graduated with a law degree in 1998 and after obtaining my further legal qualifications and completing my training contract, I then spent five years at Addleshaw Goddard where I was a senior associate in their projects group. Whilst at Addleshaw Goddard I advised some of the largest organisations in the infrastructure and projects industry, including facilities management companies, construction companies, banks and large public sector clients including the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and several local authorities. I then moved in-house to Transport for London where I spent seven years as a Senior Associate in their Commercial Law Team. I joined Ortolan Legal in 2017 and provide advice on a broad range of commercial contracts and other legal matters.
My spare time is fully occupied with my family and I also paint and enjoy the theatre when I get the chance.