Conference Speakers

Matt Fleetwood

Chief Executive at Beyond

After running boutique legal practice Heatons for several years before Fieldfisher acquired the business, and having spent over three years managing the growth of the Fieldfisher Manchester Office, Matt together with former Fieldfisher partner Jim Truscott, has established Beyond as a professional service brand, to invest in complementary professional services businesses with legal services at its core. Matt will be taking us through his journey of ‘making it work’ at very different firms and starting all over again with this new venture Beyond.

Panel Speakers

Panel One 

  • Joy Kingsley

    Joy Kingsley

    Panel chair - Senior Partner, JMW

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    Joy joined JMW in 2010, in the role of Senior Partner, to assist with the continuing development of JMW. Her particular areas of expertise are Management and Business Development. Joy previously presided over the impressive growth of Pannone LLP as Managing Partner and spent two valuable years there as Senior Partner. Joy surprised the market by taking a role with entrepreneurial law firm JMW in September 2010.

  • Claire Smith

    Claire Smith

    Head of Business Development, Moneypenny 

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    Having joined Moneypenny’s sales team in 2017, Claire is no stranger to the legal sector and the world of business development. Claire qualified as a Solicitor before moving into the exciting world of business development specialising in the legal sector. Claire headed up Connect2Law the UK’s largest referral and support network for law firms before moving to join the national legal brand QualitySolicitors.

    Claire is passionate about working with individual firms to provide them with tailored solutions - living and breathing the industry and well known as a regular attendee and speaker at events. 

  • James Batt

    James Batt

    CEO, BCL Legal 

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    In 2003 James Batt was a rugby player who suffered a career-ending injury. The catastrophic event forced James to take stock, and make some life-changing decisions. James subsequently established BCL Legal in Manchester. As an experienced legal recruiter with plenty of ambitious plans and vision, and crucially, a shared belief in the power of teamwork the business rapidly expanded into other locations. He knew that motivated people in an inclusive team environment would be the key to making BCL a success. He is well known by lawyers in the North West for his strategic input.

    Today, BCL has teams based across the country fulfilling the ambitions of lawyers across all sectors and disciplines. James has created a culture around core values and for the last two years the business has been listed as one of The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for.

  • Richard Allen

    Richard Allen

    Consultant, Burcher Jennings 

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    Richard brings more than 30 years of unique commercial experience to Burcher Jennings. He was one of the first professionals to achieve Costs Lawyer status, and is one of a select group of Costs Lawyers to have made partner in a solicitor’s practice.

    During his career, Richard’s expertise has seen him instrumental in establishing several costs departments and managing costs teams across multiple office locations, as well as having a central role managing a regional law firm as a partner.He frequently provides advice in other areas, especially costs budgeting, time capture and recovery, WIP valuation, file audits and due diligence.

Panel Two

  • Rachel Stow

    Rachel Stow

    Managing Director, Thorneycroft Solicitors

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    Rachel is the Managing Director of Thorneycroft Solicitors and is responsible for the running of the firm and the setting and delivery of its strategy to ensure it remains a market leader in personal law and achieves ambitious growth objectives for its expanding private and business client department. Rachel is also the CEO of TS Group Ltd and is responsible for the development of the group organisation. This was driven by the need to identify how best to capitalise on the opportunities that have been and will be created by the legislative changes that are reshaping the legal market. She is a leading and respected member of the legal community and has driven the firm into a new era of working, challenging the more traditional work methods by embracing technological advances and innovative working practices whilst delivering customer care of the very highest standards.

  • Benjamin Trott

    Benjamin Trott

    Director, Cartwright King

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    Ben heads up the marketing, business development and central enquiries team at Cartwright King. He specialises in legal marketing and business development with a particular focus in online marketing, lead generation and sales. Ben was appointed as the youngest Director at Cartwright King in 2017 and sits on the firm’s central management team. His remit is wide and varied, touching upon all areas of support services and covers all 19 office locations and 14 practice. 

  • Denis Stevenson

    Denis Stevenson

    Partner, Rowlinsons

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    Denis is the former Managing Director of Rowlinsons Solicitors and ex-president of the Cheshire and North Wales Law Society. Denis has a proven track record in transforming a high street law firm into a successful business winning 3 prestigious awards in 2013 namely:The Sunday Times Large Property Team of the Year, National Lexcel Law Firm of the Year and Liverpool Law Society Property Team of the Year. Denis’ new role is leading Rowlinsons business growth and development. He is also the deputy-chairman of the Countess of Chester Babygrow Appeal who are looking to raise £2.4million for a new Neonatal Baby unit. Denis has also risked limb and reputation for charity by taking part in a Strictly Come Dancing event for St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington. He wore the white suit made famous by John Travolta dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha to ‘Disco Inferno’. “

  • James Allison

    James Allison

    Partner, Napthens LLP

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    Jamie Allison, is the Head of Real Estate at Napthens LLP and has been a Partner in the firm for 9 years. Now an equity partner and head of Napthens Real Estate Division, Jamie is also a member of the firm’s Management Board and involved in the development and implementation of Napthens strategic plan. Jamie was a driving force in leading Napthens expansion into Cumbria, starting with its office in Penrith around 4 years ago and more latterly the Kendal office, which has recently enjoyed its first anniversary. The firm is totally committed to Lancashire & Cumbria for the long-term and aims to build on strong partnerships. James has previously been highlighted in the Lancashire Business View, being described as ‘one of the most respected corporate lawyers in the region’ within the annual feature profiling the regions ‘hottest young business talent.’

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