David Baskerville

David Baskerville

Director and Lead Consultant at Baskerville Drummond Consulting Ltd

A seasoned Legal IT specialist, David founded Baskerville Drummond in 2011 and has grown the consultancy to be one of the leading providers of independent strategic advice to UK Law Firms.  He has assisted many firms undertaking strategic reviews, system selection and implementation, and is a retained trusted advisor (or Virtual IT Director) for several well known firms.  David is particularly known for his work on complex projects, such as the MAB demerger and for turning-around failing practice management systems (PMS’s) or other challenging technology situations. 

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Founder and Director at The ESTAS Group Ltd

Simon started his career in national newspapers and specialised in creating and managing awards events. In 1999 he founded his own business event agency and in 2004 launched the Estate Agent of the Year Awards which evolved to be known in the industry as The ESTAS (The Oscars of the property industry). The ESTAS quickly established themselves as the most important and valuable awards for agents as the winners were decided purely on service ratings from customers who had used an agent through to completion.  Today ESTAS is the customer review and awards platform for agents, conveyancers and brokers. Simon is passionate about customer service delivered to customers by all property professionals.

Outside of work Simon makes the most of the Sussex countryside by cycling, playing golf and the odd glass of local wine!

Sue Carter

Sue Carter

Strategic Consultant at Consult Sue Carter Ltd

After 40 years working in the banking and professional services sectors, I set up my own consultancy business, Consult Sue Carter Ltd, in January this year. During my banking career, I spent over 30 years advising law firms in areas including succession planning, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, coping strategies, funding solutions and balance sheet restructuring.  I have a reputation for being a serious thinker about the legal sector and its future.  Previously held a senior leadership role as UK Head of Professional Services Sector at Clydesdale Bank PLC and led a team of 28 sector experts across the UK.  In 2008, I achieved an MBA in Legal Practice Management and since 2015 have held a voluntary position as a lay Member on the Law Society of Scotland Council.  In February 2021, appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Switalskis Solicitors, where I am involved in the group’s financial management and performance, as well as wider business strategy and planning.  

Paul Coombes

Paul Coombes

Director at Movvle Ltd

Paul Coombes is a legal marketing specialist with over thirteen years of experience gained in a number of law firms in the North West  He has particular expertise in residential property and direct marketing for Solicitors. He holds a BSc and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.  In 2016 he set up Legal Marketing Works Ltd, a niche marketing services provider offering both online and offline support. 

Suman Dally

Suman Dally

Partner at Shoosmiths

Suman Dally is a Partner in the Residential Conveyancing Department. She joined Shoosmiths in 1999 and has over 25 years’ experience in residential conveyancing. Her department specialises in dealing with all types of residential conveyancing matters with a strong focus on delivering exceptional customer service to clients and providers alike. Suman has always been a hands-on operator who has strategically guided the growth of Shoosmiths residential conveyancing department through her connections with leading estate agencies, banking institutions, and developers. Her focus is always to work with clients, and develop strong working relationships with providers to deliver a seamless client experience.

Kate Faulkner

Kate Faulkner

Owner of Designs on Property Ltd

Kate Faulkner is one of the UK’s leading property experts. She helps people undertake property projects successfully. Specialising in advising the property industry, and buy to let and property investors, Kate spends much of her time understanding how property markets work. She observes how global and UK political, economic and financial factors affect property prices, rents and investment returns, then determines how regional factors, including supply and demand, may strongly influence investment performance. Kate publishes her own ‘Buy to Let Guide’ on an annual basis and has authored the ‘Which?’ property guides for ten years. She is regularly interviewed by the BBC, ITV, Radio 4, and Radio 5 Live; and was the Telegraph’s Buy to Let Expert. She has also presented for BBC’s Inside Out.

Rob Hailstone

Rob Hailstone

Founder at Bold Legal Group

Rob Hailstone, an ex-residential property conveyancer with over 45 years’ experience, formed the Bold Legal Group (BLG) in 2010. The BLG now has approximately 70member firms of all different shapes and sizes throughout England and Wales (all of which carry out a significant number of residential conveyancing transaction annually) and is widely respected by all stakeholders including legal regulators, lenders, HMLR and the MHCLG. As well as the weekly information bulletins, having a thriving online Q & A forum, and BLGTraining (CPD accredited), BLG members have been given a voice and are kept informed about all relevant conveyancing issues, including (but not limited to) SRA Fraud Alerts, Law Society Practice Notes, HMLR updates, GDPR, the IDD, Dreamvar, VAT on searches/disbursements, Pricing and Transparencycladding (EWS1), and the Governments current attempt at Improving the Home Buying and Selling Process, and the SDLT holiday!  Look out for Bold Legal Move. An online ‘seller’s pack’ production system that will enable BLG members to work within the guidelines of the HBSG’s industry Pledge (click here). 

Alex Holt

Alex Holt

Director of Business Development at The Cashroom Ltd

Alex’s background is in the legal profession and is a qualified solicitor, having been a litigation Partner at Hill Dickinson. He then founded and ran an executive search business, before joining a global outsourcing company to head up their strategic move into the legal sector. Alex joined the Cashroom in 2014 to lead the company’s Business Development. 

Sarah Keegan

Sarah Keegan

Co-Founder at The CS Partnership

The CS Partnership was founded in 2012 to lead the change in the technology, processes and behaviours of law firms.

Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and has over 20 years’ experience in property law, primarily as a Residential and Mixed Use Urban Regeneration Property Lawyer. She has acted for some of the biggest players in the property development field including Urban Splash Ltd, Persimmon Homes, Argent Plc, Taylor Wimpey, Artisan Holdings Plc, Crosby Homes Ltd and Seddon Homes Ltd.

She has also acted for some of the largest Panel Managers of conveyancing and remortgage work in the UK and has successfully grown teams of Lawyers since 2003.

Lucy Morrison

Lucy Morrison

Managing Director at Central Law Training

Lucy Morrison has worked in and with the legal profession for 25 years, both as a practitioner and as a business leader. She was managing director of Central Law Training, a leading provider of training and accreditations to lawyers across the UK.

Victor Olowe

Victor Olowe

Governance Consultant

Victor Olowe is a governance consultantboard reviewer and former Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers with expertise in professional regulation, consumer protection, risk management and board governance.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director/Member in a number of organisations including Chair of the CGMA Examination Board at CIMA/AICPAChair of Water UK’s Independent Sewerage and Water Adoption Panels, Chair of the Quality Assurance Scheme Sub-Committee at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a lay Non-Executive member of the Law Society’s Accreditation Appeal Panel.

Matthew Pennington

Matthew Pennington

Chair of UKLTA - the LegalTech Association for the UK

Matt is Chair of the UK Legal Technology Association (UKLTA) – a community where legal professionals, technology providers and consumers of legal services come together in order to help shape the future of legal services delivery collaboratively.

Rakeebah Rahim

Rakeebah Rahim

Partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

I qualified in 1993 having trained with Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. I specialised in crime and fraud, building up the practice from scratch to become one of the largest teams in London. In the process I became recognised as a Legal 500 recommended lawyer and worked on the most serious of cases. From 2013 I changed into the management and development of the firm as its Managing Partner. Since then I have overseen the expansion of the firm from 30 to 100 people, including opening regional offices in Manchester and Exeter. Much of the growth of the firm has been in property law and in the domestic conveyancing market. I have taken the lead in recruitment and development of our partners,  team leaders and staff as well as developing key client relationships. I have a keen interest in finding business opportunities and individual talent for the firm and my focus is on driving the growth of the firm and providing career progression for our outstanding team of lawyers and staff.

Lorraine Richardson

Lorraine Richardson

Solicitor and Legal Trainer at Adapt Law

Lorraine is an experienced property solicitor and trainer who is a popular conference and CPD speaker.  Lorraine is now freelance but when in practice she ran a branch office and was a partner and the COLP for her firm.  She also designs and delivers property and legal skills related courses and on-line materials including Conveyancing Quality Scheme training for the Law Society. Lorraine has developed a skill for writing and delivering webinars and aims to produce work that is both interesting and accessible for the viewer.  Lorraine is the major writer for the monthly update journal for practitioners, the ‘Practical Lawyer.’ Lorraine is looking forward to the publication of her new book: ‘A Practical Guide to Document Signing and Electronic Signatures for Conveyancers’. Lorraine has set up her own company and offers property related courses and webinars and membership scheme for firms to access her webinars and personalised conveyancing training at a discount 

Beth Rudolf

Beth Rudolf

Director of Delivery at The Conveyancing Association

Starting out as an estate agent in 1990, Beth quickly moved into the legal world qualifying as a Legal Executive and Licenced Conveyancer and serving on the SLC board.  She has worked in both high street and high volume practices including as Managing Director for a top 20 conveyancing and probate law firm, before becoming a consultant working across the industry for regulated search companies, mortgage processing, panel managers and estate agents services. 

Beth has been lecturing on conveyancing since 1995.  Beth is also a consultant to the property industry and her clients include the Conveyancing Association. As author of the Conveyancing Association White Paper, Beth’s research into other jurisdictions and review of the constraints in the English conveyancing process enabled her to work with other stakeholders, on behalf of the Association to develop solutions.  Her mission now is to work with the industry and policy makers to deliver those solutions and create a positive home moving experience for all. 

She is Chair of the Home Buying and Selling Group Working Group for Reservation Agreements and also member of the Leasehold and Upfront Information Working Groups as well as co-ordinator of the industry group for Leasehold Property Enquiry Form (LPE1) and Freehold Management Enquiry Form (FME1). 

Steven Sutherland

Steven Sutherland

Head of Training at PM Group

Qualified as a Solicitor in 2000. Worked as a Property Lawyer doing mainly Res Con. Moved into L&D as this was my passion. Worked in L&D for large National Volume Conveyancers. Created Graduate Academies and Schemes to train Grads into Conveyancers. Written some text for Legal Apprenticeships and Law Society’s Accredited CQS Scheme. Delivered many talks to different Universities and Lectured CILEX at FE Colleges. Over the last 15 hears developed an interest in behaviour, leadership and management skills. 

Emma Vigus

Emma Vigus

Managing Director at mio

Managing Director of Estate Agents’ sales progression platform, mio, Emma Vigus has worked in the residential property sector since 2008.  She has an in-depth understanding of residential property transactions and a strong belief in the commercial benefits that could be gained, for all involved, by improving the process.    Prior to her current role, Emma was Chief Commercial Officer of mio’s parent company, TM Group one of the UK’s leading providers of property searches. Before joining TM, Emma held the role of Business Development Director at Howden Insurance Brokers, specialisein Professional Indemnity Insurance and risk management for residential property services firms.  Emma is also Founder and Chair of Women in Residential Property which aims to improve, both, collaboration across the residential property sector and networking opportunities for women.

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

Director of Strategy and External Relations at The Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Stephen leads on the CLC’s strategy development and delivery.

Stephen has a background in the civil service and political campaigning as well as business strategy in the private sector. For several years Stephen was Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Law Society.