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Ailsa Pemberton

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Solicitor – Qualified 1999

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Intellectual Property

Bio:

Ailsa is a highly experienced solicitor, specialising in Commercial and Intellectual Property law. Ailsa advises businesses on matters such as IP agreements, IP audits, trademark registrations, confidentiality agreements and is also an expert is matters of contentious IP.

Bryony Green De Barros

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Commercial Solicitor –  Qualified 2022

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Data Protection

Bio:
Bryony is a commercial solicitor at Haddletons. She acts for a wide range of commercial clients across various sectors, including SMEs/owner managed businesses. Her clients are based locally, nationally and internationally. Bryony carried out her training at Haddletons and is without doubt one of the most talented trainees we have worked with. Her highly practical and  straightforward approach is appreciated by our clients, whom she works closely with to achieve their objectives and to get them the best outcomes possible.

Outside of work Bryony enjoys going to the gym. Bryony is bilingual, speaks fluent Portuguese and loves visiting her family in the Algarve.

Debbie Mactaggart

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Solicitor – Qualified 1984

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Disputes
  • Employment

Bio:

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience as a trusted advisor and a solicitor working in-house and at several large, commercial law firms. She spent 4 years as head of a commercial legal team. Debbie deals with commercial disputes and employment issues. Her particular strengths include good relationships with her clients, empathy and people skills. She has experience of developing and delivering training for clients and lawyers covering complex legal issues in an accessible way.

Erica Hill

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Communications & Relationship Manager

Bio:

Erica has over 25 years’ experience of working across a variety of industries; including financial, education and technology. She has a broad background in design, marketing, communications and IT.

In her role as communications and relationship manager at Haddletons she does pretty much exactly that. Builds relationships with our clients and develops our communications – whether that is through the website, social media, digital print or simply by talking to people.

Helen Roberts

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Solicitor

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Risk and Compliance

Bio:

From her experience as GC for Sanofi, Novartis and Head of Legal for Abbott EMEA, Helen has significant life sciences and compliance experience in legal risks associated with launch and exclusivities of medicines and their supply chain.

She also has a strong expertise in Product Lifecycle Contracts, digital marketing & apps for Pharmaceutical Products & Devices in Europe, and regulation & reimbursement of Orphan Indications & Medicines.

As a past member of a UK regulatory authority, she has first-hand experience of compliance & penalties for Promotion of Medicines & Devices and in risk management of online promotion.

Hugh Goulbourne

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Solicitor – Qualified 2004

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Data Protection
  • Risk & Compliance

Bio:

Hugh is a Senior Commercial Solicitor with 14 years legal experience In House and in Private Practice. Having qualified with a top ten international law firm, Hugh has extensive experience in data protection, commercial contracts and corporate governance across a range of sectors including energy, entertainment, financial services and insurance. Hugh’s excellent legal skills are enhanced by his experience of income generation, strategy development and team management in a range of senior leadership roles since 2011.

James Haddleton

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CEO

Solicitor – Qualified 1994

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Data Protection & Cyber
  • Risk and Compliance

Bio:

James worked for 25 years at two major commercial law firms and then as Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary at an AIM-listed pharmaceutical company. There, he developed a legal team and led projects to reduce risk and improve the quality and efficiency of its contracting, governance and compliance systems.

James is CEO of Haddletons, as well as a senior lawyer.

James is also a non-executive director of iEthico.

Jason Curtis

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Solicitor – Qualified 2004

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Risk & Compliance

Bio:

Jason is a senior commercial solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, mostly gained working in-house. He has worked in the travel and retail sectors and is a former Legal & Compliance Director at Mamas & Papas. Jason is experienced across the range of commercial legal matters from consumer terms and conditions to large, complex agreements, taking a commercially pragmatic approach to the work that he undertakes. He also provides training on dealing with commercial legal matters and compliance issues and strategic legal advice to businesses small and large.

Karen Eckstein

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Solicitor – Qualified 1990

Chartered Tax Adviser

Legal Area of Expertise

  • Tax Disputes

Bio:

Karen has 30 years experience of defending claims against professionals, mainly solicitors, accountants and tax advisers and has acted for firms from sole practitioners through to magic circle and global firms, gained at national market leading firms. She is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and has a national reputation in the taxation field. As well as acting in contentious tax matters across the whole range of taxes, Karen frequently advises professionals about risk management and is a published author on the topic as well as having passed the IRM exams.

Karina Gaertner

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Solicitor – Qualified 2012

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Risk & Compliance

Bio:

Karina is an experienced commercial and corporate solicitor. Having worked at a large commercial firm, in private practise and in house amongst businesses, she adopts a practical approach to commercial and governance needs. She specialises in a wide range of commercial contracts, corporate governance, risk & compliance and insurance. She has a particular interest in the hospitality sector and has industry experience advising businesses in a whole range of fields including life sciences, technology, hospitality, distribution and manufacturing.

Keith Jackson

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Professional Advisor

Legal Area of Expertise

  • Boardroom Support

Bio:

Keith, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director, is a successful senior executive with a wealth of experience in CEO, Executive Director, Interim and Non-Executive Director roles. The Institute of Directors UK Director of the year 2016, he has a proven history of vision, strategic foresight and strong governance that has enhanced board performance. Keith deploys his expertise to help your board develop and effectively manage the governance cycle, looking at aspects such as foresight, strategic thinking, supervising management and accountability to stakeholders. He will work with you to enhance board performance and make board meetings much more strategically focused.

Lesley Haigh

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Company Compliance Manager

Bio:

Lesley’s background is as a Legal Assistant in commercial law practices.  With over 20 years’ experience in the legal sector she has a deep and detailed understanding of what her clients need. Lesley’s particular areas of expertise have been predominantly in finance and restructuring but more recently she has been working on matters of professional negligence and risk management. Lesley maintains a high level of customer service to all her clients.

Lewis Dixon-Flatt

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Legal Assistant

Bio:

Lewis is our friendly Legal Assistant. He graduated with a BA undergraduate degree in Politics and Law at the University of Bradford in 2012. He has a strong interest in disability discrimination law and international politics.

Lewis works closely with our legal team, assisting with all aspects of legal administration.

Outside of work, Lewis enjoys socialising with friends and family, keeping up to date with current affairs, hosting dinner parties and doing Sudoku and Crossword puzzles.

Mel Sabberton

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Financial Controller

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Mel has over 16 years’ experience of working in finance; including roles as Financial Controller and Management Accountant within a range of business sectors.

She is a natural number cruncher and loves an Excel Spreadsheet!

Mel is fundamental in budgeting, forecasting, strategy and risk analysis at Haddletons. She works closely with clients, consultants and the wider team for all things finance related.

Her pragmatic and calm approach to work and life make her a real strength in our busy team.

Rachel Bradford

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Head of Company Compliance

Bio:

Rachel has more than 12 years’ corporate governance, regulatory and compliance experience, including Company Secretarial roles at Jet2 and ITV. Rachel has worked within a broad range of industries and has significant knowledge of working with listed companies.

Rachel’s strong leadership vision, her strategic thinking ability and her wealth of experience in the Co-Sec field makes her a real support to the company compliance team’s growth strategy.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland

Rowena Summers

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Solicitor – Qualified 1998

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Employment & HR

Bio:

Rowena is an employment solicitor with over 18 years experience gained at three large, commercial law firms and on secondment as part of an in-house employment legal team. Rowena provides commercially focused advice, representation and project support. She is an experienced presenter and has had a number of articles published in legal and industry journals.

Sarah Davies

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Solicitor – Qualified 2008

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • IP
  • E-commerce

Bio:

Sarah is a highly experienced commercial lawyer with over ten years of experience in the legal industry. She has worked at some of the country’s best known commercial law firms and is well respected in her field. Sarah specialises in commercial contracts, IP, and e-commerce, advising a wide variety of clients in many sectors, ranging from fast-growth start-ups to global companies.

Sarah also ran her own business away from law and has a strong understanding of the issues that business owners face and what works commercially, rather than just legally.

Away from work, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her three young children and long dog walks with her golden retriever.

 

Sarah Johnson

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Administrator

Bio:

Sarah brings with her 10 years’ experience in residential property as a sales negotiator, PA to the director and administrator. This experience has proved to be a great platform for her work at Haddletons. As well as providing a valuable range of services for our clients, Sarah supports with client take-on procedures and provides vital support to the legal team. It is Sarah’s extensive experience across various business sectors that drives her goal for optimal client service provision at Haddletons.

Sarah Ward

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Team Administrator

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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as an administrator, office manager and personal assistant. She has worked across a variety of business sectors and has hands on experience of the day-to-day running of both small and large businesses. Sarah is the team administrator at Haddletons, she is a key linchpin in the smooth running of our dynamic working environment.

Shereen Lloyd

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Solicitor – Qualified 2003

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Property

Bio:

Shereen has over 15 years’ commercial property experience, having worked in both private practice and in-house. She advises on a wide range of commercial property transactions across a broad range of sectors. Shereen will work with you to deliver pragmatic, commercially viable solutions to all of your property needs.

Simon Cox

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Solicitor – Qualified 1980

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Advisory

Bio:

Simon is a highly respected and experienced corporate lawyer. Simon has advised on a wide range of UK and international corporate projects.

Simon’s work has included both IPO’s and secondary market equity issues as well as issues of convertible and non-convertible debt securities.

Moreover, Simon has extensive experience advising boards on corporate governance compliance as well as advising on relationships with major shareholders and on reacting to shareholder activism.

Susie Marshall

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Operations & HR Manager

Bio:

Susie brings over 25 years’ experience of business and HR administration to the Haddletons team; having worked in both large and small organisations previously. Before joining Haddletons she worked in the public sector, the construction industry and the charity sector. She is highly organised and an adept problem solver.

Tim Belser

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Trainee Solicitor

Bio:

Tim is a trainee solicitor at Haddletons. He has over thirteen years of valuable experience, having worked in senior legal and compliance roles at both Asda and Lidl UK.

Tim is originally from the Netherlands, where he obtained a masters degree in oil and gas engineering. After his extensive time working in compliance, Tim then decided to turn his talents to the law, completing an LLB and then starting his training here at Haddletons.

Tim is extremely passionate about his work. He enjoys supporting our clients across diverse sectors with their business needs and finding solutions that work for them.

In addition to his native Dutch he is also fluent in English and German, and proficient in French.

He lives with his family in London, where his two young boys keep him very active outside of work.

Yvonne Lazarowicz

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Solicitor – Qualified 2001

Legal Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Data Privacy

Bio:

Yvonne is an experienced data privacy, corporate and commercial contracts lawyer. She has worked in-house,  in private practice and in academia. Yvonne has a pragmatic, client-focused approach to the law, and collaborates with clients to fully understand their commercial and legal needs.  She also has a passion for designing and delivering training both in corporate and academic environments, with a focus on training that is relevant, pragmatic and taught in an interactive and engaging way.