Keith Markham qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and now works as a freelance training consultant. Initially working in private practice, in 2004 he moved in-house at the BGL Group, a major insurance intermediary. During his time there Keith advised extensively on all areas of data protection. In 2007, Keith joined BPP Professional Education, and worked there as both an in-house lawyer dealing with data protection and commercial contracts and also as a presenter of training courses before ultimately deciding to specialise in delivering training and becoming a freelance training consultant in 2009. Drawing on his considerable experience Keith has designed and delivered a wide variety of training on topics relating to data protection and commercial law to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. He is also currently involved in a number of GDPR compliance projects.
Stephen Allinson is a Solicitor and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. Stephen has specialised in credit, debt and insolvency work since 1987, and has extensive experience in dealing with the full range of these procedures. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was a Business Recovery and Insolvency partner at a major law firm. As well as acting as a Consultant to the legal profession, he also pursues many other projects in the legal, insolvency and credit fields and is a Tutor at the University of Law. Stephen was appointed Chairman of the Board of The Insolvency Service in January 2017 and is also the Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) and one of the Chairmen of the Methodist Church Disciplinary Process. His major book ‘Enforcement of a Judgment’ was published by Sweet and Maxwell in January 2016, and he has in the last twelve months contributed to leading educational publications on Business Law and Commercial Property for students and legal professionals, as well as two insolvency handbooks. In May 2019, Stephen was appointed a Consultant to Apex Litigation Finance, a new and innovative litigation funder in this ever-expanding market.
Phil Gott of Firm Academy specialises in helping law firms and other professional practices get the best from their partners and staff. Phil is a founder member of the Professional Speakers Association and has been voted Trainer of the Year by the Legal Education & Training Group. Clients range from ‘magic circle’ firms to regional and single-office firms both in the UK and overseas.
Peter Scott is a solicitor and former Managing Partner of Eversheds London and European offices. He acts as an advisor, trainer and coach to many law firms in relation to their strategic, financial, performance, reward and risk and compliance issues, with a particular focus on helping them to improve their competitiveness through effective performance management. He also acts as a ‘discreet mentor’ to many managing partners and CEOs.
Megan Saksida is a Chartered Accountant, Tax Accountant and Trust and Estate practitioner. Megan is a International and Personal Tax lecturer, a Tax writer and editor, a marker and a Tax Examiner, with a special interest in capital taxes and expatriate tax issues. She is the author of the recently published “Inheritance Tax: Lifetime Transfers and the Death Estate”
Lorraine Richardson (MA) Cantab is an experienced solicitor and freelance legal trainer, specializing in residential conveyancing. Lorraine is now freelance but when in practice she ran a branch office and was a partner and the COLP for her firm. Lorraine also designs and delivers property and legal skills related courses and on line materials including Conveyancing Quality Scheme training for the Law Society along with many management-related courses including Client Care and Professional Standards, Management Courses Stage 1 & 2 and Presentation Skills. Lorraine regularly writes legal articles and is the main writer for the monthly update publication for practitioners, ‘The Practical Lawyer’.