An instinctive problem solver, Zoë relishes the most complex business issues. Having experienced first-hand the tensions that the traditional legal model creates for businesses and in-house teams, Zoë was driven to co-found Support Legal. She is passionate about the opportunity our model offers to break down barriers to quality legal services for emerging companies, whilst offering the best lawyers in the industry a flexible approach to work.
Zoë cut her teeth in London and Dubai in the top flight corporate teams of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP, advising on public and private M&A, debt and equity securities, corporate financing, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance matters around the world.
Moving into challenging and fast moving environments as an in-house lawyer, she added to her diverse portfolio of legal experience, navigating sales and distribution, operational and supply chain matters and employment and regulatory issues, in addition to offering her corporate expertise.
Stepping out of her legal comfort zone, she has also spent time on the commercial front lines. This experience has given her a real understanding of the day-to-day pressures business people face as they seek to drive growth against time and cost constraints.
Bringing her significant experience to bear, Zoë will be guiding the operations of our business (a.k.a. whipping us into shape) ensuring we offer a seamless service.
Zoë is licensed to practice law in England and Wales. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Durham, a Graduate Diploma in Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Psychology from Heriot-Watt University.
Patrick is a Co-Founder and Principal of Support Legal.
Patrick believes entrepreneurs are the engines of every economy, driving positive growth, not only in their respective sectors, but the world as a whole. He is passionate about using his unique skill set to support entrepreneurs and the companies they are building through the innovative legal services platform that Support Legal has developed.
He has worked on a wide array of transactions in over 40 countries, from venture capital financings and private equity deals to franchising and IP-related matters. Acting as director and advisor to a number of high growth companies, Patrick also serves as a Venture Corps Mentor with the Endeavor organisation, a global non-profit organisation that aims to catalyse economic growth in emerging countries.
Patrick's thoughts on entrepreneurship and the disruption of the legal services sector have been featured in a range of publications including the FT, The National, Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, Arabian Business and Gulf Business. He is unwavering in his belief that the legal industry needs to be driven in a fresh and innovative direction in order to maintain its relevancy.
Patrick is licensed to practice law in England and Wales and Canada. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Western University and has lived and worked in Toronto, Hong Kong, London and Dubai, where he currently resides with his family.
Lee co-founded Support Legal having understood first hand the disconnect in the legal profession between the way lawyers billed for their services and the way the client wanted to be billed. Having gained both top tier experience (King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills) and blue chip commercial experience across five continents, including as a General Counsel, he also saw how innovation and technology could revolutionise the industry for all involved. Impatient at how slowly the legal world was embracing these opportunities, he’s happy to be off the clock, helping companies achieve their goals without draining their precious resources.
Lee is the mastermind who has brought together the technology that enables Support Legal, creating a lean model that works efficiently for both the team and their clients.
Clients of all sizes can benefit from his breadth of commercial experience, including heading the legal function of a UK publicly-traded mining company. Lee’s enthusiasm, expertise and ardent support for his clients, make him a loyal partner for legal and business matters.
And should you ever get stuck in a coal mine, he's been down plenty of those, too, and would be happy to assist.
In 2016, Lee gained a nomination for General Counsel of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Middle East awards. Lee is licensed to practice law in Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Management), a Bachelor of Laws and a graduate certificate in legal practice from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Ahmed spent over 10 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Dubai, specialising in mergers & acquisitions and advising on some of the largest transactions in the region. Whilst there, he was also involved in, and is passionate about, deploying new technology to help lawyers work in the way that clients want, not the way that lawyers are used to.
Advising both strategic and financial investors across the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and south east Asia, he has been involved with a number of precedent-setting deals. These include the first bank merger in Abu Dhabi, the first bank disposal in Jordan, one of the largest technology investments in the region and the first acquisitions by international private equity houses into the region. He also spent almost a year on secondment to HSBC’s Global Group mergers & acquisitions function.
Having co-founded his own Dubai-based startup in 2015, Ahmed is keenly aware of the challenges faced by business owners in the region. He believes Support Legal is the perfect platform to combine his international and regional legal expertise with his determination to deliver innovation in the legal profession to the benefit of growing businesses.
Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Westminster and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the American University in Cairo. Ahmed is admitted to the New York Bar (NY, USA).
Hannah was driven to join Support Legal as she identified with our mission to bring transparency to the legal profession and, by doing so, truly partner with businesses to propel them forward. She is eager to see rapid adoption of innovative technologies and working practices in the legal industry. With over a decade in top tier firms in New Zealand and the UAE (Russell McVeagh and Linklaters), Hannah's expertise includes advising clients in the Middle East, Africa, India and Australasia across a broad range of corporate advisory and commercial arrangements, joint ventures, public and private M&A, corporate governance, regulatory and debt and equity securities matters.
A third-generation lawyer, Hannah believes the survival of her species lies in finding new ways of delivering legal services. Being a proud Kiwi, the “can do” attitude is in her DNA: she is programmed to be innovative, economical and practical.
As the architect leading Support Legal’s knowledge team, Hannah ensures that Support Legal's consultants and clients are empowered to maximise their performance and deliver results. Her work helps clients navigate the essential legal and regulatory requirements for their businesses to launch, grow and succeed.
Hannah is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Management and Finance) and Laws from the University of Otago, Dunedin.
With decades of experience in established international law firms and across a number of challenging in-house environments, we are instinctive to the needs of clients and passionate about investing in business relationships.
We’ve sourced some of the best lawyers in the market. All of our team have a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, within law firms or companies (or both), regionally and internationally. They’ve been drawn to Support Legal for the modern working lifestyle our platform supports, allowing our lawyers to get their work done efficiently and effectively when it best suits their schedules, while adhering to client timelines all under the supervision of our Principals who manage (and are responsible for) the work. These innovative working arrangements result in a leaner operating model with fewer overheads. We pass these savings on to our clients.
We believe it’s vital that our team are happy and committed. This results in deeper engagement and leads to better quality work being produced for our clients.
Who says being a lawyer can’t be fun and rewarding?