Biography

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Described by Legal Week as ‘a leading legal journalist, researcher and author’, I execute bespoke projects for international law firms and investment banks. I also contribute to Legal Week, Legal Business, the Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the Times, where I was a regular feature writer for several years.

BACKGROUND

Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Durham University, my career started in banking, culminating in a secondment to Lazard. After a spell at News International, I became head of Euromoney’s Legal Media Group in London and Hong Kong, where I lived for three years. I was then appointed as European Head of Operations at IIR, the world’s largest conference company, responsible for offices in seven European countries.

LAW FIRM CLIENTS

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the European best friends of Slaughter and May use my services. Other firms that engage me for bespoke projects include Hogan Lovells, US law firms, such as Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case, and several leading independent European firms. In addition to undertaking projects for law firms in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, Paris, and Zurich, I recently wrote the inaugural Legal Business Euro Elite (2016) report. My work for Legal Week Intelligence includes the annual research reports: Best Legal Employers, Best Legal Technology, and Best Legal Advisers for sixteen major law firms, including Allen & Overy.

JOURNALISM

My journalism covers a broad spectrum, including the Times, Legal Week, Legal Business, the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian, and Observer. I have written extensively about preeminent law firms in Europe and their prestigious US counterparts: Boies Schiller, Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Davis Polk, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham, Simpson Thacher, Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Wachtell. I remain grateful to David Boies for saving my life with an ice-cold Diet Coke on a hot Manhattan afternoon, and to Marty Lipton for explaining how complex M&A deals are done. To read examples of my work, please download pdfs from Articles & Books.

BOOKS & PUBLIC SPEAKING

My books include Heads Up (Thistle Publishing), which reached #1 in Amazon (Business & Reference) bestsellers, and No Ordinary Man (Hodder & Stoughton), which reached #2 in the Sunday Times non-fiction bestsellers. I also speak at conferences, such as the World Services Group in Berlin, where I was the keynote speaker, and chair events like the Legal Week Offshore Investment Forum.

If you would like to know more about what I can do for you, please see Writing Services, and to read what my clients and others say about me, please browse through Testimonials. And if you would like help on a specific project – from digital content, ghostwriting or speechwriting to thought leadership or report preparation – or if you have a general enquiry, please do get in touch.