Speakers

Ian Quayle, CEO

Ian qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice for 12 years specialising in property law matters including residential development work, commercial acquisitions and disposals.

Ian has delivered over 1500 property related training courses for city and regional firms, local law societies and local authorities. His training style and delivery is relaxed, but he is able to explain the law and practical issues relating to the training topic in a way that ensures delegates learn, or reinforce learning, and derive meaningful benefit from the training provided.

Ian has provided training to businesses in-house, public courses, and spoken at conferences. He is prolific in his delivery of webinars on conveyancing related issues, and he has delivered live and pre-recorded webinars nationally and internationally for both of the leading legal training providers and continues to do so.

Unusually, Ian is able to deliver training in both commercial and residential property fields generating courses on a myriad of topics some of which are of general application and others more specialist and focused. Bespoke training courses are available depending on individual business requirements. In addition to training qualified legal staff, Ian has taught a number of training courses aimed at support staff.

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Tom Graham, Senior Trainer

Tom Graham is a barrister with nearly 40 years of experience in town & country planning, highway law and public law. He was formerly a solicitor and has had considerable experience in local government and private practice.  Tom was the Chief Solicitor to North Hertfordshire District Council and has held senior positions in local government.

Tom has acted for developers, house-builders and landowners as a partner in private practice. He has appeared at many local inquiries and in the civil and criminal courts, the Lands Tribunal and in the High Court. His books include “Contaminated Land” (Jordans 1995) and “A Practical Guide to Planning, Highways and Development” (Bath Publishing 2019).

Tom is currently writing “ A Practical Guide to Contaminated Land” and drafting a book on the forthcoming Environment Act – both for Bath Publishing. He has lectured at many seminars in both England and Wales.

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Ann Page, Business Author, Trainer and Coach

Ann Page, a Top 100 lawyer of the year (2003) has had a successful in-house 28-year career, working mainly in the financial sector. She switched from being a business lawyer in industry to a non-practising solicitor who teaches and coaches on business subjects in 2003. Since then, Ann has trained nearly 7000 lawyers on business skills including leadership, management and interpersonal skills.

Ann has been active in various professional committees including the Association of Women Solicitors, Law Society Membership Committee and was Chair of the Law Society Commerce & Industry Group initiating six firsts for the Group, Head of Business Affairs Institute of Paralegals. Currently she is Treasurer of the Yorkshire Sole Practitioner’s Group, a member of the Professional Speaking Association, Professional Speaking Academy, Women in Law and Leeds Law Society.

Ann has written three books and her latest ‘Business skills? Don’t be daft I am a lawyer! is endorsed by three Managing Partners. It contains practical advice and exercises to those setting up in business or running their own legal practice or department. 29 legal business owners share their stories of forging their own path including the highs and lows.

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Zoe Upson, Trainer

Zoe is an avid property lover. She heads up the Training Team at one of the top Property Solicitors, is a professional property trainer, a former Law Firm owner, department head, and Property Solicitor.

Starting Practical Property Courses, Zoe uses her experience training support staff, Paralegals, Legal Executives, Conveyancers, Solicitors and Trainee Solicitors since 2001, to discover their full potential and develop a deep practical understanding of property and conveyancing. Formally an Estate Agent and Mortgage Advisor before becoming a Property Lawyer, Zoe’s professional industry experience has led to a successful career and a unique understanding of property. Having been brought up on a building site with her parents working for a new homes’ builder, Zoe was often found on-site helping out from an early age.

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Clare Yates, Trainer

Clare Yates started her career in the property industry in the 1990s as a part-time weekend receptionist in a local estate agent.

Her passion for sales took Clare from estate agency to new-build sales, holiday cottages, panel management and sales training.

She has personally visited over 300 law firms and 2,500 estate agency branches throughout England & Wales and worked with some of the very best law firms and estate agents in the country.

She is an innovative trainer and communicates in a “hands on” way using real experiences to stimulate empathy and understanding. 

Clare’s courses help law firms to:
• Generate more revenue by converting more new business enquiries
• Work more efficiently by improving client and stakeholder relationships during transactions
• Win more repeat business by connecting clients’ needs of today with those of tomorrow

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David Keighley, Trainer

David Keighley was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Until his retirement from full time practice in September 2016 David was a partner in and Head of Residential property at a Legal 500 firm. Having done so part time whilst in practice, he now uses his extensive experience and understanding of practical conveyancing to cut through the academic niceties and make things relevant for the busy practitioner.

He, in conjunction with a range of commercial providers & local Law Societies, regularly presents at property law conferences, seminars, webinars, audio seminars, training courses and related events. The feedback received from delegates attending his lectures & courses has been exceptional and have included the comments “The best speaker I have ever heard”; “Excellent speaker, explained a difficult concept clearly and confidently” and “Very clear speaker. His practical experience shows through! His advice is always clear and helpful”

He also regularly works in-house with firms by providing both bespoke mentoring/coaching on a one-to-one basis or seminars to larger groups. He is also available at certain times for either locum work or to work with teams to assess and improvement their performance and documents.

He is a contributing author for the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook, provides modules for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) online training course, is the deputy editor of newsletter issued monthly by Propertylawuk.net & provides monthly online seminars in conjunction with Legal Futures. He has also acted as a tutor for CILEX Law School and has written for publications including the Law Society’s Property in Practice Magazine and the Solicitors Journal.

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Pascal Fintoni, Trainer

Pascal Fintoni is a senior digital marketing trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience in helping business owners get more enquiries from the Web. He started his career in London working for a well known holiday company creating campaigns for TV, radio, newspapers and of course the Internet. Pascal quickly developed a passion and unrivalled knowledge for the power of digital content in attracting the right audience and building a business you can be proud of.

Pascal runs his agency offering digital marketing training and consultancy services to clients across the UK and France. His professional experience spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors with a proven track record in skills development, professional services, new media, ICT and software, tourism, manufacturing and business support.

His time is shared between speaking at conferences and delivering interactive and practical sessions on website experience, reputation management, SEO, social media and content marketing with a particular focus on video marketing.

Pascal is also a video producer and director and he has successfully introduced many of the storytelling techniques used by filmmakers into his coaching to help his clients create better online content faster.

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Gill Steel, Trainer

Gill has been immersed in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax & Elderly Client law for the entirety of her long career as a solicitor, trainer & consultant.

Gill is the Director of Lawskills.co.uk and specialises in learning, development, and consultancy for Private Client practitioners in the areas of Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax and Elderly & Vulnerable client. Gill Steel has gained a strong reputation as a compelling and supportive speaker. Since 2000 she has been offering fresh insights into complex private client issues for her clients.

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Tracey Latterman, Trainer

Tracey has over 20 years in Senior Operational/HR roles in the legal field, enabling her to recognise the complex and constant challenges that exist for individuals and organisations.

Following qualifying as an Executive Coach and Mentor, Tracey has been running her consultancy, focusing on helping individuals and teams expand their thinking. The primary purpose is to identify powerful and effective strategies, maximise opportunities, and achieve positive results that support their career goals and improve workplace performance.

Working with Middle to Senior Managers, Associates, Executives and Partners, Tracey has delivered programmes that concentrate on identifying competencies and capabilities, enhancing strengths and increasing their self-awareness to understand how they think, lead, interact and deliver results.

Tracey believes firmly in the value of performance feedback and how this is delivered. She trains and coaches new and existing Managers and Executives on how to build trust and have meaningful conversations around performance and future goals with their teams.