Martin Callan, Commissioner for Oaths & Chartered Legal Executive
LL.B Hons (Wales), FCILEx
A 12 year PQE Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer, Martin graduated from Cardiff Law School in 1996 where he went on to study the LPC the following year. Martin has practice experience in transactional and contentious matters and has worked at all levels of private practice and in-house.
Martin's legal career began in litigation. He then spent many years conducting property transaction, with a focus on leasehold and landlord and tenant matters. As his experience grew he also began to develop managerial, strategic and business-focused skills. Martin has managed large multi-site departments for a number of firms in England & Wales and has been involved in large entrepreneurial projects. Martin likes to be at the cutting edge of market developments and in late 2008 was part of a major project focused on consumer credit litigation, including unenforceability and PPI recovery. More recently, Martin has begun work on a LIBOR test case with counsel, law firms and claims management companies, looking to develop a solution for mortgage and investment consumers who have been affected by the LIBOR fixing scandal.
In 2013, continuing the theme of cutting edge market developments, Martin is involved in an innovative new solution to help Personal Injury Law Firms exit the market in the wake of the Jackson reforms and Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and actively involved with the CILEx London Branch
Martin has developed a significant national network of solicitors, barristers, chartered legal executives, law firms, claims management companies and legal service sector suppliers over the years and is well placed in the legal sector market to provide strategic consultations to those operating in that market. Martin is has completed the Fit & Proper Test in accordance with Regulation 28 of The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (SI 2007 No. 2157). Martin is an Authorised Person under Section 18 of the Legal Services Act 2007.
A copy of Martin's current practising certificate is available here
Janos Szokreny, IT & Computer Professional
Janos has a very strong IT, e-discovery and project management background. He is based in London and his primary goal is to build an outsourcing business. Providing consultative e-discovery and document review services to the Legal Profession, Janos manages a team of 30 people in London and Budapest.
Janos is Managing Director of Paralaw Hungary Kft, a continuing IT Professional and Project Manager at Paralaw Ltd. With extensive knowledge and experience in the industry, Janos has helped a number of UK law firms with e-discovery and document review solutions through Paralaw.
For full details of the e-Discovery and Document Review services available, click here.
Gary Yantin, LL.B Hons, Solicitor
Gary has been a Solicitor since 2000. After qualifying in a small high street general practice in North London, Gary specialised in commercial property acting for landlords, tenants and investor clients. After four years in private practice Gary became General Counsel for Thistle Hotels and later Talarius PLC, an operator of online and retail gambling sites.
The regulatory and commercial experience gained in house led to him being appointed Company Secretary of Talarius and being employed as a consultant to gaming and gambling start-ups. In 2010, as the Legal Services Act was coming into force, Gary founded HighStreetLawyer.com. Originally envisaged as both a consumer brand for legal services and a network of small law firms, the concept has now evolved into a support business helping good, local, small law firms be even better.
Through collaboration in marketing, campaigning, training and procurement, HighStreetLawyer member firms benefit by sharing their knowledge with other member firms and the bargaining strength of being part of a larger organisation.Gary’s strong legal and commercial background together with his knowledge of small law firms and consumer behaviour in choosing and appointing solicitors enable him to assist law firms with their strategic growth, regulatory compliance, marketing strategy and financial management. For further information on HighStreetLawyer and how it supports small law firms visit www.highstlawyerservices.com.
For full details of HSL services available, click here.
Paul Coombes, CeMAP, PGDipM, Professional Marketer
Paul has been a marketing professional since 2003. After working in a small high street general practice in Cumbria, Paul specialised in commercial business development and marketing for law firms and legal sector b2b providers. After many years in private practice Paul became Sales and Marketing Director for a leading supplier of property focused services to the legal profession.
With this background, Paul bas become a very experienced marketing and business development professional specialising in the legal sector with extensive knowledge of Legal networks, Buying groups, Partnership / affinity marketing, Conveyancing business development and Enquiry conversion.
Through collaboration in marketing, campaigning, training and business development, Paul's client firms benefit from accessing a market-leading Transactional Property Services solution. A winning combination of technology, customer care and innovation makes Paul's solution the first choice for conveyancers, estate agents and intermediaries looking to secure efficiencies, savings and service improvements. His one stop approach brings key offerings together under one online roof.
Behind the clever technology sits a committed team, real people at the end of the phone whose responsiveness, enthusiasm and know-how underpins our drive for complete customer satisfaction. Put the two together and you have one solution you can trust to make your life easier, your delivery better and your business stronger
For full details of Conveyancing Search Services available, click here.
Barry Frieslander, MCIArb, Mediator & Arbitrator
Barry is a recognised Mediator with a proven commercial background who prides himself at being a lateral thinking problem solver.
He has a deep understanding of the commercial realities of both complex business and high-value matrimonial financial disputes, while possessing the sensitivity to overcome the emotional dynamics. This unique combination of assets increases the likelihood of settlement between the parties.Barry has acted as sole Mediator in a wide range of commercial disputes.
To date, the largest commercial claim was in the order of £55m. This multi-party cross-border dispute achieved a negotiated settlement agreement.Areas of dispute resolution expertise include but are not restricted to:
Boundary & land-use; Business partnership; Contract; Cross-border; Employment; HMRC/LDF; Insurance; Investor-management; Landlord-tenantMatrimonial; Personal injury; Probate; Professional negligence.
Barry holds Certified Elite Mediator status compliant with the EU, the Ministry of Justice and the Civil Mediation Council.Barry consistently achieves a proven annualised settlement rate in excess of 90%
For full details of Dispute Resolution & Mediation Services available, click here.
Hayder Al-Ani, BSc Biomedical Sciences, Translator
Having left the scientific research industry to pursue a career in business, hayder spent two years working in the recruitment industry in a demanding and fast-paced sales environment. But he was aware of the language services market and knew people heavily involved within it, and he spotted a real need and opportunity to deliver professional language support and translation services, particularly to the legal and finance sectors.
Hayder is a successful, nation-wide interpreting and translation service-provider with high profile contracts in all industry sectors, particularly in respect of legal-focused translation.
♦ Face-face interpreting (including British Sign Language)
♦ Video conference interpreting using advanced WebInterpreter software.
♦ Telephone interpreting
♦ Written or audio translations
♦ Dubbing / subtitling to video footage
For full details of Language Support & Translation Services available, click here.
Ben Underwood, BA Broadcast Media, Managing Director
After obtaining his BA Broadcast Media degree in 2013, video production services have now become Ben's main focus. In 2012 along with a colleague Ben set up a video production company, Neon Avenue, which proved to be quite successful. From this, he strengthened the brand and created neonn.
Working with various clients across the country Ben developed skills in business management and video production. After a successful year of running neonn, it became apparant that Ben wanted to create videos focusing more around luxurious services, which led to the creation of Hauxwell & Hardaker LTD.
Hauxwell & Hardaker are a professional film production company working with a traditional, luxurious and elegantly British ethos. With accredited British broadcasting qualifications, the core principles of Hauxwell & Hardaker have always been to create visually distinctive, impactful and contemporary films. H&H provide a wide array of luxury film production from hotels and leisure centres to fitness centres and law firms.
H & H work with you to create a bespoke and effective filming plan. Once your happy with the direction and understand the schedule, H & H will progressively work to complete your film product and can guarantee excellence throughout the service. If you’re looking for a film production team to represent and do justice to your business’s high standards, then choose a company you can trust and whose very foundations was built to serve you in the highest tradition.
For full details of Luxury Video Production Services available and Consula's exclusive offering, click here.
Marija Butkovic, LL.M, Legal Professional / Journalist
Marija graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia in 2006 and since then worked as an legal consultant for both large companies and startups. Marija's legal career began in corporate law, where she spent eight years connecting dots for more than 300 startups in the early stage of their businesses.
Marija is co-founder of WhoHack, where her mission is to grow a community by creating connections and building partnerships with companies that recognise the meaning of WhoHack amazing events. WhoHack supports people who want to develop or continue their career in tech industry, help them find co-founders and recruit them as potential employees for companies that sponsor our hackathons. As a recruitment manager she co-organises hackathons and helps developers, designers and non-tech people connect with different companies. As a PR & partnership manager her tasks are managing the budget; planning, developing and implementing PR strategies for WhoHack events; answering enquiries from media, individuals and other organisations; researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media about our events, sourcing and managing speaking and sponsorship opportunities.
Marija has a significant business network of both UK and Croatian entrepreneurs and works closely with British Business Croatian Centre in Croatia. Her main aim is to support Croatian companies wishing to set up in the UK and Croatian companies already set up in the UK, this way increasing the value of the bilateral trade flow between Croatia and the UK.
Marija is an entreprenuer and co-founder of WhoHack, www.whohack.com
Ian Inman FCA, Accountant
Ian is a general practitioner servicing clients ranging from individuals and partnerships to international corporates.
He has experience of a wide range of business types gained whilst in practice and has held senior positions in industry and the regulatory sector.
This places Ian in a strong position to understand the needs of businesses operating in the competitive and highly regulated business environment we face today.
Qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: 1991
Registered Auditor under the Companies Act 2006.