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strategy board

Our strategy board are responsible for the development of the firm’s strategy and long term business performance. They ensure business plans and projects are properly pressure tested, prioritised and reviewed and receive the correct level of investment to succeed. They take responsibility for the firm's long term investments, capital and debt planning. The strategy board are also responsible for the firm’s strategic client relationships – championing our overall delivery of exceptional client service.

Derek Bambury

Derek Bambury

Senior Partner and Head of Business & Professional Risk

Derek specialises in all aspects of professional and institutional default, management liability, insurance coverage and contentious insolvency

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

Richard specialises in administrative, local authority liability and environmental law; experienced in countryside and environmental litigation.

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Iain Blatherwick

Iain Blatherwick

Managing Partner

Iain Blatherwick specialises in corporate transactions, advising both public and private sector clients; advises on directors’ duties, corporate governance and partnership and LLP issues.

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Gavin Cummings

Gavin Cummings

Partner and Head of Business Services

Gavin is head of our business services department and a member of the firm’s strategy board. He specialises in corporate finance, joint ventures, corporate governance and restructurings.

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Declan Cushley

Declan Cushley

Partner and Head of IP and Commercial Group

Declan is the head of our commercial and intellectual property team. He is an intellectual property specialist and advises on a variety of brand and intellectual property issues, providing advice to clients on IP strategy, brand protection, IP development and exploitation. Declan is also Chairman of Pangea Net, an international network of independent law firms.

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Kit Doleman

Kit Doleman

Finance Director

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Dominic Swift

Dominic Swift

Partner and Head of Property

Dominic Swift specialises in commercial property and property development law advising on all aspects of development transactions; advises on property elements of insolvency and banking.

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Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Partner and Head of Health

Simon Tait specialises in inquests, clinical negligence claims, confidentiality and disclosure of medical records, mental health, consent to treatment issues, and the provision of training on a variety of topics to clinical staff and senior management.

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Sarah Walker-Smith

Sarah Walker-Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah is responsible for the strategic development of the firm, sitting on the firm's strategy board and is chair of the operations board.

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