Mickaela Fox has 17 years’ PQE and became a Partner in 2005. She specialises in solicitors’ and valuers’ indemnity claims and regulatory work. Chambers and Partners name her as a leader in her field. Mickaela has acted for a number of large national firms and is well regarded for her skill and expertise in the conduct of complex, high-value indemnity cases. Over the years she has advised on claims involving trusts, taxation, banking, property and fraud. Mickaela advises on coverage and policy issues and acts as a consultant to law firms who require compliance advice as part of the Compli team. Mickaela was responsible for the launch of the firms risk management consultancy service for lawyers and has been instrumental in the development and growth of Compli.
Mariette Hughes has a degree in Modern European Languages. She has an extensive background in working in customer service and office manager roles prior to joining the Legal Ombudsman as an investigator in 2014. Mariette was appointed to the role of Ombudsman in 2016 and has a strong knowledge of conveyancing. Mariette’s area of focus as a Senior Ombudsman is operational transformation, which involves identifying learning from our business processes and driving changes to improve our efficiency. She is also responsible for stakeholder engagement, research, feeding back to the profession and policy development, and speaks regularly at conferences and events in the legal sector.
Frank Maher is a practising solicitor and partner in Legal Risk LLP, solicitors specialising in professional regulation and professional indemnity. He advises major US, European and UK 100 law firms, their insurers and members of other professions. He has over 35 years’ experience of defending many of the UK’s largest law firm claims for insurers. His claims experience includes many involving conflicts, and he has even advised on a claim arising from a death penalty. Frank is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for professional discipline and for professional liability. Legal 500 says he is ‘in a league of his own’.
Iain Miller is a partner in Kingsley Napley LLP. He specialises in public law and regulation with a particular emphasis on the regulation of lawyers and law firms. He is General Editor of Cordery on Legal Services and Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. Iain is a member of the Advisory Board of UCL’s Independent Review of Legal Regulation. He is also a member of the City of London Law Society’s Professional Rules and Regulation Committee.
Victoria Prescott specialises in risk and claim reduction in the FINPRO PI area at Marsh JLT Specialty and delivers risk management advice and consultancy for UK and global law firm clients. She joined Marsh in 2019 from Libra Managers where she was an Associate Director in the PI Risk and Claims Team. Prior to that role Victoria worked in private practice for six years dealing with professional indemnity claims and also in general practice at the Bar for seven years. Victoria is a Barrister and has a Master of Arts Law degree from Cambridge University.
Brian Rogers is Regulatory Director in the Digital Learning & Compliance Division at The Access Group. He created the Riliance risk and compliance system and was the founder of Riliance Software Limited, which was acquired by The Access Group in March 2019. He worked in law firms for 20 years as a senior management executive and ended his ‘legal’ career as a non-lawyer partner. He was Chair of Regulatory Affairs at Manchester Law Society from 2010 – 2012, and since then has advised law firms and other regulated and non-regulated businesses on regulatory, risk and compliance matters.
Deborah Sullivan is a principal associate at Weightmans LLP and has specialised in professional indemnity work since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998. She has extensive experience of acting for solicitors in professional negligence claims arising from a wide range of underlying subject matters. Deborah frequently deals with lenders’ claims and cases involving complex commercial transactions. Drawing upon her claims handling experience, Deborah also advises other professionals about risk management and compliance issues. She has had a number of risk-management articles published in the legal press and has also dealt with outsourced complaints work and disciplinary issues.
Carol Westrop,Head of Legal Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority