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David

Farquharson

Founder

David Farquharson

Founder

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Meeting great people and working with them. Part of our vision with Ignition was, so far as possible, to work with great people (and by that I mean brave and passionate, with great ideas). We have been fortunate to come across so many of them already. It’s a total privilege to spend time with them, learn about their businesses and, hopefully, impart some of our own wisdom along the way.

An entrepreneur I admire

I work with entrepreneurs, who I would describe as ‘change agents’ (in the best sense of that phrase!). Someone who, if the status quo isn’t delivering, has the bravery to take personal risks and to change things for the good of the community and, consequently, themselves. It has to be that way around and there are many I could mention. People like Rosa Parks, Nicholas Winton or the self-educated first tech entrepreneur, Thomas Edison, who fought through significant adversity to achieve so much.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial, Employment
  • Education and training: University of Nottingham (BSc Psych), College of Law
  • Legal roles: Herbert Smith Freehills, Osborne Clarke, Swan Turton
  • Speaking roles: Regular guest lecturer to the MBA Class at the London Business School; panellist at the Said Business School, Oxford
  • Memberships: TechLondon Advocates; Hospital Club
  • Other interests: Chairman of Africat UK and Board Member of Africat Namibia – a charity focusing on conservation, education and community enhancement

Alex

McPherson

Founder

Alex McPherson

Founder

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Variety, learning and overcoming all manner of challenges in a highly commercial way for clients that I care about deeply.

I hugely enjoy the close proximity to clients and delivering legal advice in a way that has a “can do” approach. Our advice has to be realistic, but is highly pragmatic and commercial. It adds huge value, which is hugely fulfilling and stimulating!

An entrepreneur I admire

A cliché maybe, but it has to be Richard Branson; the ability to see a huge opportunity and then drive momentum towards it – break rules, effect change and go against the grain.

I hugely relate to the concept of ethical business and millennial values in entrepreneurs; Branson has, in effect, been championing these concepts for some years now, before they were well defined and in vogue.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education: Oxford University (MA Hons), BPP and Nottingham Law Schools
  • Legal roles: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells (10 years’ experience)
  • Client secondments: Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil and Tesco
  • Organisations: Fellow of the RSA, Member of LexisNexis Corporate Content Board, Member of Tech London Advocates and panelist at the Saïd Business School, Oxford
  • Awards and nominations: CSR Programme of the Year Award at the Legal Business Awards; Best Contribution by an Individual at the LawWorks Awards
  • Other interests: Founder of www.sucedo.com, a leading online portal for university education, and founder of various successful (and less successful!) start-ups and SMEs

Bill

Cogan

Partner

Bill Cogan

Partner

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The opportunity to work alongside colleagues who are challenging how legal services have historically been provided. This approach resonates with our clients, who are very often taking the same approach in their industries. This is what makes Ignition a unique proposition for both our team and our clients.

An entrepreneur I admire

My sisters have shown me from a young age what is involved in running successful businesses across different sectors. Seeing first hand the determination and sheer hard work required was a great insight into what it takes to bring a business from an idea to a fully functioning profitable organisation.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: University of California, Berkeley (LLM), University College Dublin (BBLS), dual qualified English solicitor and New York attorney, Royal Bank of Scotland, PetroSaudi International
  • Speaking Roles: KPMG Tech City Crawl
  • Other interests and Memberships: MassChallenge Judge, Tech London Advocates, Irish International Business Network Future Leaders Programme

Robert

Stevenson

Partner

Robert Stevenson

Partner

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their plate. Whether you are raising finance, hiring your first employee or entering into a key commercial contract, it is easy to get bogged down in jargon and unimportant issues, only to miss the key points on which your energies should have been focused. I am passionate about working with entrepreneurs to identify and focus on the key points that matter most to their business.

An entrepreneur I admire

There are too many to list. If I have to pick one, it would be John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods. Over the course of more than 35 years, he has grown Whole Foods from a small health food store into an international business that employs more than 90,000 team members and has extraordinary brand strength.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: Oxford (MChem), BPP Law School, Hogan Lovells (Corporate Finance, M&A)
  • Client secondments: SABMiller, BNP Paribas, Barclays
  • Other interests: Co-founder of a digital healthcare company, iPrimaryCare, and one of the UK’s first virtual medical practices, www.hellopronto.com; MassChallenge Judge

Caroline

Sherrington

Senior Counsel

Caroline Sherrington

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The amazing variety of people we get to work with and the excitement of not knowing what the day ahead will hold.

Over the last year, I’ve had the chance to work with some of the smartest and most inspirational people I’ve ever met… and the list keeps growing! Being able to feel like what you do really does add value to a client’s business is hugely rewarding and makes all the hard work worthwhile. I like to think that we are gradually changing the general perception of lawyers – we understand the challenges of being a small business and can be highly commercial and pragmatic in our approach, yet also bring the top-quality advice that our clients expect.

An entrepreneur I admire

There are far too many to pick from, but one that sticks out in my mind is Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bebe. I heard Laura speak at an event last year and was truly inspired by her amazing work ethic, together with the emphasis she puts on her family life. She is a great example of how it is possible to juggle a family alongside being a hugely successful businesswoman.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: Oxford University (MA – Classics), BPP Law School, Ashurst LLP
  • Client secondments: Markit
  • Speaking roles: Guest lecturer to the MBA Class at the London Business School
  • Memberships: TechLondon Advocates; Girls in Tech
  • Other interests: Volunteer at the Michael Essien Foundation; co-founder of a women in tech/female founders group called Seven/Ten; keen Chelsea fan

Lisa

Booth

Counsel

Lisa Booth

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Coffee, a sunny morning and the intention to go out for a pre-work run will generally do it but otherwise the challenge of helping a client work though a difficult situation when faced with a tight deadline can be very compelling.

An entrepreneur I admire

I most admire the entrepreneurs I have worked with who have had the drive to make their visions succeed despite what initially appeared to be huge obstacles. I live in Berlin, where the start-up scene is increasingly exciting and I am particularly impressed by the young women entrepreneurs I meet who have had the focus and courage to press ahead with their ideas and create their own unique business environments.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: University of Oxford (BA Hons Jurisprudence), College of Law, Chester
  • Legal roles: CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (London and Moscow offices), Paul Hastings LLP, Starr & Partners LLP (co-founder and partner)
  • Other interests: Non-executive director, Jupiter US Smaller Companies PLC

Yvonne

Lazarowicz

Counsel

Yvonne Lazarowicz

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Working with and for positive, driven, curious and solution-focussed people who are creative thinkers. On any given day I could be learning about blockchain technology and then later about apps for explorers, or new innovations in hospitality. I’m lucky enough to learn something new and solve a different problem every day.

Helping clients to apply legal structure around their ideas and challenges in the most efficient and commercial way possible, is at the foundation of what we do. I love working closely with clients, getting an understanding of their business and building out solutions together.

An entrepreneur I admire

All successful entrepreneurs have in common their vision, focus and tenacity even in the face of adversity: I admire these traits in all of them.

It’s too hard to choose one: the names that spring to mind are Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk, but long before them came innovators like Walt Disney who changed animation. I’m also an ardent admirer of Muhammad Yunus who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on micro finance in poorer countries.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education: Leeds (Economics and Politics), College of Law (Law), University of London (Law and Development LLM)
  • Experience: Clifford Chance (London), Minter Ellison (New Zealand), Bowman Gilfillan (South Africa), College of Law (London)

Cath

Bell

Operations Director

Cath Bell

Operations Director

What gets me out of bed in the morning

In the literal sense it’s two dogs jumping on the bed, normally before the radio alarm goes off, but in terms of work it’s because I love being part of a great team. Having worked in large firms before I much prefer the small business mentality, everything you do matters and the sense of excitement of seeing a business grow is contagious.

An entrepreneur I admire

Jo Malone and not just because I love her perfume. She set up her business from her kitchen table and turned it into a multi-million pound company. Breaking into that industry must have been so difficult yet she stuck at it, focused on quality and created a wonderful brand that is recognised not only by the packaging, but by smell – how cool is that. Having sold the company to Estee Lauder in 1999, she survived cancer and has now launched her second brand ‘Jo Loves’ - started again from her kitchen table.

The fine print

Education: Bolton University (BA Hons Business Studies)

Other interests: Writing, my novel ‘Angel of Baker Street’ was the number 1 best seller on Amazon’s Kindle Thriller list for a wonderful 4 days.

Helen

Burt

Senior Counsel

Helen Burt

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Collaborating with talented, inspiring, client-focused and passionate colleagues with a similar desire to ‘disrupt’ the archaic provision of legal services. Working with clients requiring solutions that constantly challenge me, question the status quo and ask not ‘can it be done?’ but ‘why can it not be done?’. Finding commercial solutions, not problems. A passion to motivate and empower others through knowledge-sharing.

An entrepreneur I admire

James Dyson. For being a ‘disrupter’ and challenging the status quo. For his passion, ingenuity, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is ‘the norm’. For his amazing and inspiring ability to seek and find ‘out of the box’ solutions from the most unlikely sources.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Intellectual Property
  • Education and training: Duke University, North Carolina, USA (LLM: Intellectual Property), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Erasmus Exchange Programme, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (B.Comm LLB)
  • Professional qualifications: Dual qualified Solicitor, England & Wales, Attorney, South Africa
  • Legal roles: PortfolioMetrix (Cape Town) (General Legal Counsel), MAS Real Estate Inc (Isle of Man) (General Legal Counsel), Barclays Bank PLC (London) (Senior Intellectual Property & Commercial Legal Counsel), Berdou Attorneys (Johannesburg) (Partner), Webber Wentzel Bowens (Johannesburg) (Associate), Herbert Smith (London) (Associate), Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik Inc (now ENSAfrica) (Cape Town) (Trainee & Associate)
  • Other: Presenter on the ‘Knowledge for Growth’ Programme (for technology start-ups) at the Google Campus in London and on the Fin-Tech Incubation Lab Programme
  • Memberships: South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law

Helen

Lucas

Counsel

Helen Lucas

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Apart from my toddler…….the opportunity to combine using my brain with family life on a daily basis.

An entrepreneur I admire

There are lots of inspirational entrepreneurs that I have come across in my personal life and through work. I particularly admire the mumpreneurs working on their iPhones whilst feeding babies and playing with their toddlers. Without being too gushing I would also have to mention my husband who took the very brave decision to set up a business from scratch over the last year and is already a huge success, at least in my eyes.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Property
  • Education and training: University of Oxford (Ba hons), BPP Law School London
  • Legal Roles: Allen & Overy, Boodle Hatfield LLP
  • Other interests: Swimming, yoga, running.

Julie

Ngov

Counsel

Julie Ngov

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The idea that we are all in the midst of a huge technological and digital prosperity and that it is on constant flux and helping people of all backgrounds harnessing it to change something for the better. I am in constant awe of the innovations that people are coming up with and it is exciting to see people take charge of their careers.

An entrepreneur I admire

Zaha Hadid and Elon Musk. Both visionaries in their own way and with the mettle to make their ideas happen.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: Flinders University of South Australia (LLB/LP and BA)
  • Legal Roles: Johnson Winter & Slattery (Australia), Hogan Lovells (UK), Government Legal Department (Home Office, UK)
  • Client Secondments: Save the Children UK
  • Other interests: Founder of an upcoming sustainable online apparel company aiming to challenge the traditional clothing supply chain.

Adam

Brodie

CFO

Adam Brodie

CFO

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Challenge, variety and working in a fantastic team at Ignition Financial and Ignition Law. No two days are ever remotely the same. It is rewarding removing entrepreneurs’ pain points, so they can invest their time on the business rather than in it.

An entrepreneur I admire

James Watt and Martin Dickie. BrewDog thrives by thinking and acting differently in an old, established industry dominated by a handful of global brewers. Brew Dog’s founders are fiercely protective and loyal to their local roots, values and principles. Phenomenal success has followed.

The fine print

  • ​Education and training: Oxford University (MA) and PwC London (ACA).
  • Prior roles: CFO, Valexa Technologies, a B2B SaaS FinTech business. Adam was recruited to Valexa to help grow the business and lead the strategic exit. Prior to this he worked as an M&A advisor in the FMCG sector, having previously qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London.
  • Deal Experience: Led the strategic exit of Valexa Technologies to Solera Holdings Inc., a $4 billion NYSE technology group. Worked on 15 strategic exits and acquisitions in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia.
  • Interests: Running, Rugby, (social!) Touch Rugby and periodically attempting to learn Spanish.

Tom

Seabrook

Counsel

Tom Seabrook

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

3 kids to feed and a dog to walk, but once that’s done it’s the variety of work and the variety of people. Property is such a pervasive topic, it affects us all in one way or another and there’s always a new angle or a new issue to consider. For most clients property is not their core business and I enjoy the challenge of removing the inconvenience so they can get on with what is. Technology is increasingly changing how we use it and having the opportunity to shape the environment we all live in is a real buzz for me.

An entrepreneur I admire

I admire all entrepreneurs and I enjoy working with them as they bring out the best in me. If I had to pick one I would say Chris Sheldrick of What3Words; I heard him speak recently and was blown away by his passion and enthusiasm. And what a brilliant idea!

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education: Land Economics degree, College of Law Professional Qualifications; dual qualified solicitor (England and Wales) and Chartered Surveyor (MRICS)
  • Legal roles: Eversheds, Halliwells, Irwin Mitchell, TLT Non legal roles; Chesterton, Colliers Erdman Lewis
  • Memberships: Property Litigation Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Other interests: sporadic attempts to keep fit, property refurbishment and I’m a qualified rugby union coach.

Frances

Leung

Counsel

Frances Leung

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The smell of fresh coffee and bread first thing in the morning, otherwise in terms of work, what I do and helping clients who need my help by coming up with the most efficient and commercial way forward. It feels good to be that person!

An entrepreneur I admire

There are many to choose from, but in particular, my late Mother, whom I greatly admire, for her courage in taking the plunge and giving up a successful, long term career in banking in the City to follow her dream and single-handedly set up shop by starting to run her own business. Seeing first hand that sheer determination and hard work are key ingredients for success to turning a vision into a very successful business.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Property
  • Education and training: University College London (LLM hons), College of Law, London
  • Legal Roles: DAC Beachcroft, Devonshires (Senior Associate), Howard Kennedy (Partner)

Stephanie

Ng

Senior Counsel

Stephanie Ng

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Rather annoyingly to those around me I suspect, I am one of *those* chirpy morning people who relishes the opportunity to work with people from a crazily diverse range of industries who do work that is important to them and which they enjoy. The variety of work appeals immensely to my nature and keeps me on my toes! And as Ignition team’s newest member, working with energetic and dynamic-thinking colleagues is something I look forward to every day.

An entrepreneur I admire

I don’t have to look very far - my parents and a very close friend of mine, Arun. My father has established several small businesses whilst my mother provided the crucial “behind the scenes” support. I was incredibly impressed when I first heard about Arun’s “book of ideas” at law school (back when it wasn’t very common for uni students to be encouraged to set up their own gig) and remain extremely proud of what Arun has achieved.

I would also add Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx). Enough said!

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: Victoria University of Wellington, Chapman Tripp. Dual qualified (NZ / England).
  • Work: Allen & Overy, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays.
  • Other interests: Volunteer lawyer at Smart Earth Network, a technology conservation social enterprise start-up.

Tim

Herbert

Senior Counsel

Tim Herbert

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Normally, my wife telling me I have to go to our local cross-fit class. But otherwise, the hope of making a difference to someone’s life, even in a small way, that day. Ideally, a positive one.

An entrepreneur I admire

I’m always in awe of anyone who is prepared to take such large risks in hope of reward. It’s very rare, in an enterpreneur’s world, to hear the words “That’s safe. No-one can take that away from you”. It takes a lot of guts to have a vision and then make it real, against a background of potentially losing everything.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: Oxford University - Law (M.A. (Oxon)); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Diploma in Legal Practice (Merit)); Herbert Smith (London & Hong Kong), Jones Day (London), Freehills (Sydney), Coudert Brothers (Sydney), LeeSalmonLong (Auckland). Now barrister sole based in Auckland.
  • Legal roles: Tim is admitted and practices as a solicitor in England & Wales and a barrister in New Zealand. He is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Other interests: Tim is an football (Watford) and cricket fan, and serves on his local cricket club’s junior committee. He also takes up small acting roles, most recently appearing for a matter of seconds in New Zealand’s highest grossing movie of all time.

Anna

Stanley

Senior Counsel

Anna Stanley

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

A good coffee, a good challenge. I love the variety of people and projects that working with Ignition allows me to get involved with, and I’m absolutely committed to providing the kind of experienced, commercial ‘just what we needed’ legal advice that actually supports and facilitates clients’ businesses – blowing the dust off the legal industry.

An entrepreneur I admire

Jo Burston, who toughed out the early days with her start-up, Job Capital in Australia, NZ and now Asia, and made an ambitious and unlikely concept into a multi-million dollar business. But more than that, she is now inspiring and mentoring the next generation of female entrepreneurs having set up a global community #IfSheCanICan. Thinking big and giving back.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and Training: Cambridge (MA Hons), Cardiff Law School, Sydney University Law School.
  • Legal Roles: Dual qualified in both UK and NSW, Australia.
  • Memberships: Herbert Smith Freehills (LON) , Baker & McKenzie (SYD) , in-house General Counsel and SME legal consultant.

Kirstin

Gilbert

Counsel

Kirstin Gilbert

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Not knowing quite what you are going to be asked to do that day, and the chance to have a quiet coffee before my two daughters are awake! Getting the chance to understand someone’s business and then hopefully help them achieve their goals by providing business-orientated, commercial advice is incredibly rewarding.

An entrepreneur I admire

I have worked with a number of people over the years who I have admired, in both big and small organisations. What inspires me the most is working with people who have a genuine passion for what they do, who are not afraid to change direction when needed and who think about the bigger picture.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Finance & Corporate
  • Education and training: King’s College London (LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law), University of Sussex (LLB in Law and German)
  • Experience: Deutsche Bank London, Allen & Overy LLP, Stephenson Harwood

Abigail

Dalgleish

Paralegal

Abigail Dalgleish

Paralegal

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The thought of learning something new. Each day brings with it a challenge or problem to be solved.

It’s fascinating to be able to approach these challenges in different ways whilst learning so much on a daily basis, whether that be from delving into a point of law further than before, learning about a new start up industry or learning from the great team of lawyers at Ignition.

An entrepreneur I admire

I admire all entrepreneurs but if I had to choose one in particular, it would be Tamara Hill-Norton who pioneered boutique fitness wear at a time when most people only knew of the large mainstream brands. She has grown this idea into a worldwide business whilst also encouraging people from all walks of life to get active by offering free fitness classes in her store. I admire the vision she had for her brand and how she is now giving back to the wider community.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Corporate & Finance
  • Education and training: St John’s College, University of Cambridge (BA Hons Law), BPP Law School (LPC)

James

Croyston

Counsel

James Croyston

Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

The prospect of being exposed to new ideas, solving a tricky problem, meeting and working with interesting people. The promise of variety. The chance to give advice that really helps someone. Strong coffee. My toddler.

An entrepreneur I admire

I admire all the usual visionaries who have changed the way we live our lives, mainly through new technology. Their understanding of human nature and behaviour is sublime. Closer to home I have met young entrepreneurs who strive daily to bring their vision to reality. I’m constantly impressed by the quality of their ideas, clarity of thought and drive to succeed. The entrepreneurial climate we are currently enjoying is incredibly exciting and I feel very lucky to participate in it.

The fine print

  • Key practices: General commercial and IT
  • Education and training: University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Psychology), Inns of Court School of Law (now City University) (Senior Status LLB (Hons)), Inns of Court School of Law (LPC)
  • Legal roles: fieldfisher, XL Catlin, IHS Markit
  • Other interests: Start-ups (investing, advising, participating), football (playing and following Man Utd), reading about tech, travel with my family, enjoying the sunshine and trying to make time slow down.
  • David Farquharson

    Founder

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Meeting great people and working with them. Part of our vision with Ignition was, so far as possible, to work with great people (and by that I mean brave and passionate, with great ideas). We have been fortunate to come across so many of them already. It’s a total privilege to spend time with them, learn about their businesses and, hopefully, impart some of our own wisdom along the way.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I work with entrepreneurs, who I would describe as ‘change agents’ (in the best sense of that phrase!). Someone who, if the status quo isn’t delivering, has the bravery to take personal risks and to change things for the good of the community and, consequently, themselves. It has to be that way around and there are many I could mention. People like Rosa Parks, Nicholas Winton or the self-educated first tech entrepreneur, Thomas Edison, who fought through significant adversity to achieve so much.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial, Employment
    • Education and training: University of Nottingham (BSc Psych), College of Law
    • Legal roles: Herbert Smith Freehills, Osborne Clarke, Swan Turton
    • Speaking roles: Regular guest lecturer to the MBA Class at the London Business School; panellist at the Said Business School, Oxford
    • Memberships: TechLondon Advocates; Hospital Club
    • Other interests: Chairman of Africat UK and Board Member of Africat Namibia – a charity focusing on conservation, education and community enhancement
  • Alex McPherson

    Founder

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Variety, learning and overcoming all manner of challenges in a highly commercial way for clients that I care about deeply.

    I hugely enjoy the close proximity to clients and delivering legal advice in a way that has a “can do” approach. Our advice has to be realistic, but is highly pragmatic and commercial. It adds huge value, which is hugely fulfilling and stimulating!

    An entrepreneur I admire

    A cliché maybe, but it has to be Richard Branson; the ability to see a huge opportunity and then drive momentum towards it – break rules, effect change and go against the grain.

    I hugely relate to the concept of ethical business and millennial values in entrepreneurs; Branson has, in effect, been championing these concepts for some years now, before they were well defined and in vogue.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education: Oxford University (MA Hons), BPP and Nottingham Law Schools
    • Legal roles: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells (10 years’ experience)
    • Client secondments: Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil and Tesco
    • Organisations: Fellow of the RSA, Member of LexisNexis Corporate Content Board, Member of Tech London Advocates and panelist at the Saïd Business School, Oxford
    • Awards and nominations: CSR Programme of the Year Award at the Legal Business Awards; Best Contribution by an Individual at the LawWorks Awards
    • Other interests: Founder of www.sucedo.com, a leading online portal for university education, and founder of various successful (and less successful!) start-ups and SMEs
  • Bill Cogan

    Partner

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The opportunity to work alongside colleagues who are challenging how legal services have historically been provided. This approach resonates with our clients, who are very often taking the same approach in their industries. This is what makes Ignition a unique proposition for both our team and our clients.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    My sisters have shown me from a young age what is involved in running successful businesses across different sectors. Seeing first hand the determination and sheer hard work required was a great insight into what it takes to bring a business from an idea to a fully functioning profitable organisation.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: University of California, Berkeley (LLM), University College Dublin (BBLS), dual qualified English solicitor and New York attorney, Royal Bank of Scotland, PetroSaudi International
    • Speaking Roles: KPMG Tech City Crawl
    • Other interests and Memberships: MassChallenge Judge, Tech London Advocates, Irish International Business Network Future Leaders Programme
  • Robert Stevenson

    Partner

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Entrepreneurs have a lot on their plate. Whether you are raising finance, hiring your first employee or entering into a key commercial contract, it is easy to get bogged down in jargon and unimportant issues, only to miss the key points on which your energies should have been focused. I am passionate about working with entrepreneurs to identify and focus on the key points that matter most to their business.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    There are too many to list. If I have to pick one, it would be John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods. Over the course of more than 35 years, he has grown Whole Foods from a small health food store into an international business that employs more than 90,000 team members and has extraordinary brand strength.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: Oxford (MChem), BPP Law School, Hogan Lovells (Corporate Finance, M&A)
    • Client secondments: SABMiller, BNP Paribas, Barclays
    • Other interests: Co-founder of a digital healthcare company, iPrimaryCare, and one of the UK’s first virtual medical practices, www.hellopronto.com; MassChallenge Judge
  • Caroline Sherrington

    Senior Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The amazing variety of people we get to work with and the excitement of not knowing what the day ahead will hold.

    Over the last year, I’ve had the chance to work with some of the smartest and most inspirational people I’ve ever met… and the list keeps growing! Being able to feel like what you do really does add value to a client’s business is hugely rewarding and makes all the hard work worthwhile. I like to think that we are gradually changing the general perception of lawyers – we understand the challenges of being a small business and can be highly commercial and pragmatic in our approach, yet also bring the top-quality advice that our clients expect.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    There are far too many to pick from, but one that sticks out in my mind is Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bebe. I heard Laura speak at an event last year and was truly inspired by her amazing work ethic, together with the emphasis she puts on her family life. She is a great example of how it is possible to juggle a family alongside being a hugely successful businesswoman.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: Oxford University (MA – Classics), BPP Law School, Ashurst LLP
    • Client secondments: Markit
    • Speaking roles: Guest lecturer to the MBA Class at the London Business School
    • Memberships: TechLondon Advocates; Girls in Tech
    • Other interests: Volunteer at the Michael Essien Foundation; co-founder of a women in tech/female founders group called Seven/Ten; keen Chelsea fan
  • Lisa Booth

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Coffee, a sunny morning and the intention to go out for a pre-work run will generally do it but otherwise the challenge of helping a client work though a difficult situation when faced with a tight deadline can be very compelling.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I most admire the entrepreneurs I have worked with who have had the drive to make their visions succeed despite what initially appeared to be huge obstacles. I live in Berlin, where the start-up scene is increasingly exciting and I am particularly impressed by the young women entrepreneurs I meet who have had the focus and courage to press ahead with their ideas and create their own unique business environments.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: University of Oxford (BA Hons Jurisprudence), College of Law, Chester
    • Legal roles: CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (London and Moscow offices), Paul Hastings LLP, Starr & Partners LLP (co-founder and partner)
    • Other interests: Non-executive director, Jupiter US Smaller Companies PLC
  • Yvonne Lazarowicz

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Working with and for positive, driven, curious and solution-focussed people who are creative thinkers. On any given day I could be learning about blockchain technology and then later about apps for explorers, or new innovations in hospitality. I’m lucky enough to learn something new and solve a different problem every day.

    Helping clients to apply legal structure around their ideas and challenges in the most efficient and commercial way possible, is at the foundation of what we do. I love working closely with clients, getting an understanding of their business and building out solutions together.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    All successful entrepreneurs have in common their vision, focus and tenacity even in the face of adversity: I admire these traits in all of them.

    It’s too hard to choose one: the names that spring to mind are Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk, but long before them came innovators like Walt Disney who changed animation. I’m also an ardent admirer of Muhammad Yunus who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on micro finance in poorer countries.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education: Leeds (Economics and Politics), College of Law (Law), University of London (Law and Development LLM)
    • Experience: Clifford Chance (London), Minter Ellison (New Zealand), Bowman Gilfillan (South Africa), College of Law (London)
  • Cath Bell

    Operations Director

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    In the literal sense it’s two dogs jumping on the bed, normally before the radio alarm goes off, but in terms of work it’s because I love being part of a great team. Having worked in large firms before I much prefer the small business mentality, everything you do matters and the sense of excitement of seeing a business grow is contagious.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    Jo Malone and not just because I love her perfume. She set up her business from her kitchen table and turned it into a multi-million pound company. Breaking into that industry must have been so difficult yet she stuck at it, focused on quality and created a wonderful brand that is recognised not only by the packaging, but by smell – how cool is that. Having sold the company to Estee Lauder in 1999, she survived cancer and has now launched her second brand ‘Jo Loves’ - started again from her kitchen table.

    The fine print

    Education: Bolton University (BA Hons Business Studies)

    Other interests: Writing, my novel ‘Angel of Baker Street’ was the number 1 best seller on Amazon’s Kindle Thriller list for a wonderful 4 days.

  • Helen Burt

    Senior Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Collaborating with talented, inspiring, client-focused and passionate colleagues with a similar desire to ‘disrupt’ the archaic provision of legal services. Working with clients requiring solutions that constantly challenge me, question the status quo and ask not ‘can it be done?’ but ‘why can it not be done?’. Finding commercial solutions, not problems. A passion to motivate and empower others through knowledge-sharing.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    James Dyson. For being a ‘disrupter’ and challenging the status quo. For his passion, ingenuity, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is ‘the norm’. For his amazing and inspiring ability to seek and find ‘out of the box’ solutions from the most unlikely sources.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Intellectual Property
    • Education and training: Duke University, North Carolina, USA (LLM: Intellectual Property), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Erasmus Exchange Programme, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (B.Comm LLB)
    • Professional qualifications: Dual qualified Solicitor, England & Wales, Attorney, South Africa
    • Legal roles: PortfolioMetrix (Cape Town) (General Legal Counsel), MAS Real Estate Inc (Isle of Man) (General Legal Counsel), Barclays Bank PLC (London) (Senior Intellectual Property & Commercial Legal Counsel), Berdou Attorneys (Johannesburg) (Partner), Webber Wentzel Bowens (Johannesburg) (Associate), Herbert Smith (London) (Associate), Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik Inc (now ENSAfrica) (Cape Town) (Trainee & Associate)
    • Other: Presenter on the ‘Knowledge for Growth’ Programme (for technology start-ups) at the Google Campus in London and on the Fin-Tech Incubation Lab Programme
    • Memberships: South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
  • Helen Lucas

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Apart from my toddler…….the opportunity to combine using my brain with family life on a daily basis.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    There are lots of inspirational entrepreneurs that I have come across in my personal life and through work. I particularly admire the mumpreneurs working on their iPhones whilst feeding babies and playing with their toddlers. Without being too gushing I would also have to mention my husband who took the very brave decision to set up a business from scratch over the last year and is already a huge success, at least in my eyes.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Property
    • Education and training: University of Oxford (Ba hons), BPP Law School London
    • Legal Roles: Allen & Overy, Boodle Hatfield LLP
    • Other interests: Swimming, yoga, running.
  • Julie Ngov

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The idea that we are all in the midst of a huge technological and digital prosperity and that it is on constant flux and helping people of all backgrounds harnessing it to change something for the better. I am in constant awe of the innovations that people are coming up with and it is exciting to see people take charge of their careers.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    Zaha Hadid and Elon Musk. Both visionaries in their own way and with the mettle to make their ideas happen.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: Flinders University of South Australia (LLB/LP and BA)
    • Legal Roles: Johnson Winter & Slattery (Australia), Hogan Lovells (UK), Government Legal Department (Home Office, UK)
    • Client Secondments: Save the Children UK
    • Other interests: Founder of an upcoming sustainable online apparel company aiming to challenge the traditional clothing supply chain.
  • Adam Brodie

    CFO

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Challenge, variety and working in a fantastic team at Ignition Financial and Ignition Law. No two days are ever remotely the same. It is rewarding removing entrepreneurs’ pain points, so they can invest their time on the business rather than in it.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    James Watt and Martin Dickie. BrewDog thrives by thinking and acting differently in an old, established industry dominated by a handful of global brewers. Brew Dog’s founders are fiercely protective and loyal to their local roots, values and principles. Phenomenal success has followed.

    The fine print

    • ​Education and training: Oxford University (MA) and PwC London (ACA).
    • Prior roles: CFO, Valexa Technologies, a B2B SaaS FinTech business. Adam was recruited to Valexa to help grow the business and lead the strategic exit. Prior to this he worked as an M&A advisor in the FMCG sector, having previously qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in London.
    • Deal Experience: Led the strategic exit of Valexa Technologies to Solera Holdings Inc., a $4 billion NYSE technology group. Worked on 15 strategic exits and acquisitions in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia.
    • Interests: Running, Rugby, (social!) Touch Rugby and periodically attempting to learn Spanish.
  • Tom Seabrook

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    3 kids to feed and a dog to walk, but once that’s done it’s the variety of work and the variety of people. Property is such a pervasive topic, it affects us all in one way or another and there’s always a new angle or a new issue to consider. For most clients property is not their core business and I enjoy the challenge of removing the inconvenience so they can get on with what is. Technology is increasingly changing how we use it and having the opportunity to shape the environment we all live in is a real buzz for me.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I admire all entrepreneurs and I enjoy working with them as they bring out the best in me. If I had to pick one I would say Chris Sheldrick of What3Words; I heard him speak recently and was blown away by his passion and enthusiasm. And what a brilliant idea!

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education: Land Economics degree, College of Law Professional Qualifications; dual qualified solicitor (England and Wales) and Chartered Surveyor (MRICS)
    • Legal roles: Eversheds, Halliwells, Irwin Mitchell, TLT Non legal roles; Chesterton, Colliers Erdman Lewis
    • Memberships: Property Litigation Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    • Other interests: sporadic attempts to keep fit, property refurbishment and I’m a qualified rugby union coach.
  • Frances Leung

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The smell of fresh coffee and bread first thing in the morning, otherwise in terms of work, what I do and helping clients who need my help by coming up with the most efficient and commercial way forward. It feels good to be that person!

    An entrepreneur I admire

    There are many to choose from, but in particular, my late Mother, whom I greatly admire, for her courage in taking the plunge and giving up a successful, long term career in banking in the City to follow her dream and single-handedly set up shop by starting to run her own business. Seeing first hand that sheer determination and hard work are key ingredients for success to turning a vision into a very successful business.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Property
    • Education and training: University College London (LLM hons), College of Law, London
    • Legal Roles: DAC Beachcroft, Devonshires (Senior Associate), Howard Kennedy (Partner)
  • Stephanie Ng

    Senior Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Rather annoyingly to those around me I suspect, I am one of *those* chirpy morning people who relishes the opportunity to work with people from a crazily diverse range of industries who do work that is important to them and which they enjoy. The variety of work appeals immensely to my nature and keeps me on my toes! And as Ignition team’s newest member, working with energetic and dynamic-thinking colleagues is something I look forward to every day.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I don’t have to look very far - my parents and a very close friend of mine, Arun. My father has established several small businesses whilst my mother provided the crucial “behind the scenes” support. I was incredibly impressed when I first heard about Arun’s “book of ideas” at law school (back when it wasn’t very common for uni students to be encouraged to set up their own gig) and remain extremely proud of what Arun has achieved.

    I would also add Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx). Enough said!

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: Victoria University of Wellington, Chapman Tripp. Dual qualified (NZ / England).
    • Work: Allen & Overy, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays.
    • Other interests: Volunteer lawyer at Smart Earth Network, a technology conservation social enterprise start-up.
  • Tim Herbert

    Senior Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Normally, my wife telling me I have to go to our local cross-fit class. But otherwise, the hope of making a difference to someone’s life, even in a small way, that day. Ideally, a positive one.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I’m always in awe of anyone who is prepared to take such large risks in hope of reward. It’s very rare, in an enterpreneur’s world, to hear the words “That’s safe. No-one can take that away from you”. It takes a lot of guts to have a vision and then make it real, against a background of potentially losing everything.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and training: Oxford University - Law (M.A. (Oxon)); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Diploma in Legal Practice (Merit)); Herbert Smith (London & Hong Kong), Jones Day (London), Freehills (Sydney), Coudert Brothers (Sydney), LeeSalmonLong (Auckland). Now barrister sole based in Auckland.
    • Legal roles: Tim is admitted and practices as a solicitor in England & Wales and a barrister in New Zealand. He is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in New South Wales, Australia.
    • Other interests: Tim is an football (Watford) and cricket fan, and serves on his local cricket club’s junior committee. He also takes up small acting roles, most recently appearing for a matter of seconds in New Zealand’s highest grossing movie of all time.
  • Anna Stanley

    Senior Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    A good coffee, a good challenge. I love the variety of people and projects that working with Ignition allows me to get involved with, and I’m absolutely committed to providing the kind of experienced, commercial ‘just what we needed’ legal advice that actually supports and facilitates clients’ businesses – blowing the dust off the legal industry.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    Jo Burston, who toughed out the early days with her start-up, Job Capital in Australia, NZ and now Asia, and made an ambitious and unlikely concept into a multi-million dollar business. But more than that, she is now inspiring and mentoring the next generation of female entrepreneurs having set up a global community #IfSheCanICan. Thinking big and giving back.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Commercial
    • Education and Training: Cambridge (MA Hons), Cardiff Law School, Sydney University Law School.
    • Legal Roles: Dual qualified in both UK and NSW, Australia.
    • Memberships: Herbert Smith Freehills (LON) , Baker & McKenzie (SYD) , in-house General Counsel and SME legal consultant.
  • Kirstin Gilbert

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    Not knowing quite what you are going to be asked to do that day, and the chance to have a quiet coffee before my two daughters are awake! Getting the chance to understand someone’s business and then hopefully help them achieve their goals by providing business-orientated, commercial advice is incredibly rewarding.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I have worked with a number of people over the years who I have admired, in both big and small organisations. What inspires me the most is working with people who have a genuine passion for what they do, who are not afraid to change direction when needed and who think about the bigger picture.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Finance & Corporate
    • Education and training: King’s College London (LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law), University of Sussex (LLB in Law and German)
    • Experience: Deutsche Bank London, Allen & Overy LLP, Stephenson Harwood
  • Abigail Dalgleish

    Paralegal

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The thought of learning something new. Each day brings with it a challenge or problem to be solved.

    It’s fascinating to be able to approach these challenges in different ways whilst learning so much on a daily basis, whether that be from delving into a point of law further than before, learning about a new start up industry or learning from the great team of lawyers at Ignition.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I admire all entrepreneurs but if I had to choose one in particular, it would be Tamara Hill-Norton who pioneered boutique fitness wear at a time when most people only knew of the large mainstream brands. She has grown this idea into a worldwide business whilst also encouraging people from all walks of life to get active by offering free fitness classes in her store. I admire the vision she had for her brand and how she is now giving back to the wider community.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: Corporate & Finance
    • Education and training: St John’s College, University of Cambridge (BA Hons Law), BPP Law School (LPC)
  • James Croyston

    Counsel

    What gets me out of bed in the morning

    The prospect of being exposed to new ideas, solving a tricky problem, meeting and working with interesting people. The promise of variety. The chance to give advice that really helps someone. Strong coffee. My toddler.

    An entrepreneur I admire

    I admire all the usual visionaries who have changed the way we live our lives, mainly through new technology. Their understanding of human nature and behaviour is sublime. Closer to home I have met young entrepreneurs who strive daily to bring their vision to reality. I’m constantly impressed by the quality of their ideas, clarity of thought and drive to succeed. The entrepreneurial climate we are currently enjoying is incredibly exciting and I feel very lucky to participate in it.

    The fine print

    • Key practices: General commercial and IT
    • Education and training: University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Psychology), Inns of Court School of Law (now City University) (Senior Status LLB (Hons)), Inns of Court School of Law (LPC)
    • Legal roles: fieldfisher, XL Catlin, IHS Markit
    • Other interests: Start-ups (investing, advising, participating), football (playing and following Man Utd), reading about tech, travel with my family, enjoying the sunshine and trying to make time slow down.
  • We are running our own start-up business. Our clients appreciate our passion and our first-hand understanding of the journey they are taking.

    David Farquharson, founder and partner

  • We started Ignition to do something completely different and foster real relationships with our clients, being partners on their journey rather than mere service providers.

    David Farquharson, founder and partner

  • We’re doing what we’re passionate about. That passion is relatively new in the legal industry.

    David Farquharson, founder and partner

  • Ignition is empowering. We appreciate law is a traditional industry. We’re pushing tradition to be better.

    Alex McPherson, founder and partner