I firmly believe that legal counsel should enable and facilitate innovation and progress. I am passionate about building strong and trusting relationships, and delivering and protecting value. I’ve been fortunate to have worked across Financial Services and Technology sectors (including Fintech) and have deliberately avoided becoming entrenched in “following the process”. I have a growth mindset and look broadly for useful and informative insights which can benefit my clients, wherever that may come from.
Hello I’m Oli…
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
THE EXPERIENCE I BRING
I started my career at Norton Rose Fulbright in the corporate team focusing on M&A and regulatory issues across insurance and life and pensions markets. Since then, I have held various senior legal roles in-house initially advising on and managing large strategic transformation programmes (including at Friends Life and Guardian Financial Services) but subsequently moving into more wide-ranging general counsel advisory roles.
More recently, I moved into a hybrid role as the Chief Operating Officer (and sole lawyer) at Tracr, the De Beers Group backed Web 3.0 start-up, taking it from incubation through to pilot launch. I have also consulted for PwC across my areas of experience (including Insurance, Blockchain and Fintech/Insurtech).
Having worked in listed institutions, start-ups and private equity backed portfolio companies, I have first-hand knowledge of the differing pressures and styles of legal advice and support required but equally, the consistent need for a rigorous focus on quality. The ability to adapt, iterate and learn quickly is fundamental to providing effective and meaningful advice in-house and most acutely within an SME.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING
I live in Hertfordshire with my wife, two daughters and a misbehaved cocker spaniel. I am a governor at my children’s school. Alongside trying to keep fit and travelling (as often as I am able), I am 3 years into a never-ending project of restoring (and upgrading!) a 1986 Land Rover 90.