04 Oct, 2011

London law firm, Haleburys, boosts team of specialists with two key appointments.

Leading law firm, Halebury, has increased its team of specialist lawyers to 13 with the appointment of two senior legal practitioners.

London–based Halebury has added commercial, technology and telecommunications lawyer Ed Rea and specialist employment solicitor Fiona Blakey (pictured) to its growing team.

Ed joins Halebury from Ericsson Limited where he served as a group legal counsel for more than four years. Prior to joining Ericsson, Ed was a senior associate at law firm Baker & McKenzie in London where he worked for seven years, including a one year placement at the firm’s Chicago office and a 12 month placement at BP Plc. Prior to that, Ed spent two years as a legal advisor at British Airways Plc.

Ed specialises in commercial and technology law, advising on commercial transactions and relationships, including procurement, supply and purchase agreements, terms of trade, e-commerce and data privacy matters.

Fiona joins Halebury from her previous role as sole in–house employment counsel for Paramount Pictures, where she worked for two years. She has extensive international experience working with local lawyers both within Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Fiona trained at City law firm Linklaters, before moving to specialise in employment law at media firm Harbottle & Lewis. Prior to her role at Paramount, Fiona provided legal services for Virgin Atlantic and Marks and Spencer.

Fiona advises clients on employment issues ranging from disciplinary matters, dismissals and grievances, to family friendly rights, short and long sickness and absence management and all aspects of discrimination in the work place including disability discrimination.

Halebury is a leading London-based practice specialising in areas of law including technology, media, telecoms, sport, employment and corporate. The business is led by directors Denise Nurse and Janvi Patel, who launched Halebury in 2007.

The firm was established as a company rather than a partnership in anticipation of sweeping changes to the legal profession in the Legal Services Act being introduced from October 2011 which will allow it to operate as an alternative business structure (ABS) taking in outside investment or non-lawyer management.

Halebury has a team of 13 lawyers  – some formerly with Magic Circle firms in the City – acting as self-employed specialist consultants in areas of law including technology, media, telecoms, sport, employment and corporate.  This structure sets it apart from traditional law firms and makes it attractive to investment from outside the legal community.

The firm’s clients include BSkyB, Nike, Expedia, Enterprise Rent a Car, three times Olympic gold medal winning yachtsman Ben Ainslie and leading golf professional Rory McIlroy who won his first Major by taking the US Open title in June of this year.

Commenting on the appointments of Ed and Fiona, Halebury director Denise Nurse, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ed and Fiona to our team. They bring with them a wealth of expertise in their respective fields of commercial, technology and employment law.   

“With each of our specialists having run their own business, we believe we are better equipped to advise our clients on theirs. We look forward to working with Ed and Fiona and to the contributions they will make.”


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