About us

Who we are

Law Business Research is a leading provider of business information, legal analysis tools and networking for the global legal markets.

With a team of over 360 dedicated professionals around the world, we create high-quality subscription products, intuitive platforms, vital legal analysis tools and must-attend events for our international client base.

By combining news and analysis with innovative technology, we help our users to better serve their clients.

In numbers

360

staff globally

13

market-leading brands

4000+

clients

120

events

80+

editors and journalists

1000+

established law firms contribute to our editorial assets

What we do

We power the legal profession with unique insight, essential legal analysis tools and valued connections.

We inform and connect a highly engaged community of professionals worldwide.

We produce high quality information for global audiences, providing timely and actionable insight which our clients trust to inform their decision making.

Why law business research

Our unparalleled knowledge of the markets and communities in which we operate means we can provide our clients with the highest quality information services. These services help them to grow their practices, understand their markets, win cases and mitigate risk.

Unique insight

Our robust market understanding and awareness is underpinned by the knowledge of our specialist teams.

Our worldwide teams of experienced reporters, researchers and industry commentators have unparalleled access to the markets in which they operate. These links to information, developments and industry thought leaders allow us to offer our clients critical insight into even the fastest evolving situations.

Innovative solutions

We constantly monitor client requirements and market developments to shape our products, providing our clients with the tools they need to stay ahead of the competition.

With our own in-house software team, we have led the market for over two decades by continuously using our proprietary technology solutions to deliver high quality, innovative products.

Our brands are widely regarded as the highest quality products in the sectors we serve, helping leading corporate and legal professionals to understand specialist issues to develop their business.

Client focus

Our success is intrinsically linked to that of our clients. We put customer experience at the centre of everything we do, with the aim of turning the legal professionals we work with into trusted advisers.

Our history

From separate beginnings in West and East London, in 2018 Law Business Research combined with Globe Business Media Group to become a leading provider of business intelligence for the global legal markets.

With a combined experience of over 40 years, the integration of the two companies enables us to produce world-class information solutions.

Headquartered in London, and with offices in Hong Kong and Washington DC, our global presence gives us in-depth knowledge of the markets and communities we work with.

Our values

Management team

Nick Brailey

Chief Executive Officer

Nick was appointed CEO of Law Business Research in June 2019. He joined the business as a result of the merger of Law Business Research and Globe Business Media Group, where he also served as CEO. Prior to joining Globe, Nick held numerous senior positions within media and business intelligence companies. As managing director of corporate development at GlobalData Plc he worked on multiple major M&A transactions; prior to that, as chief operating officer he oversaw large-scale integration and transformation projects.

Nick Brailey

Tosh Bruce-Morgan

Chief Financial Officer

Tosh is an experienced CFO with knowledge gained from large multinational listed corporations and smaller private equity-backed businesses. As well as taking care of financial operations, Tosh is also responsible for the critical operations of the business, including the IT, data, copy editing, production and design functions. Tosh joined Law Business Research in 2016 having previously worked at VNU, Cision and Pearson in various CFO roles.

Tosh Bruce-Morgan

Publisher

Tom is the publisher responsible for the Lexology Getting The Deal Through, The Law Reviews and Who’s Who Legal brands. In this role he is responsible for the content, quality, integrity and value of the brands as well as for their strategic development and financial performance. Tom joined the business in 2002 as a researcher on Who’s Who Legal and spent seven years as editor before becoming publisher in 2015.

Tom Barnes

Clare Bolton

Publisher

Clare is the publisher of Global Competition Review, Global Data Review, Latin Lawyer and LACCA, and as such brings together the commercial and editorial strategies for these publications. She began at Latin Lawyer in 2005 as a news reporter, later becoming editor of the publication for a number of years. She moved to Sao Paulo in 2010, and spent five years covering the rapid development of legal markets in the region from there. Before joining Latin Lawyer, she worked for local government in London.

Clare Bolton

Kim Brosnan

Chief People Officer

Kim is responsible for leading all people-related strategy and activity across Law Business Research. She ensures that we attract and develop high quality talent, enabling them to build on their strengths and successfully grow their careers in a work culture that is stimulating, inclusive and fun. Prior to joining Law Business Research in 2015, Kim was group talent and people director at Which?, and has held a variety of HR roles at various businesses including the Financial Times, AQKA and Thames Water.

Kim Brosnan

Managing Director

Edward is an experienced managing director, having been with the business for over 20 years. He is commercially responsible for many of the internationally focused brands in the group, such as the core Lexology platform, Lexology Getting the Deal Through, The Law Reviews and the International Law Office.

Edward Costelloe

Daniel Cole

Asia Managing Director

Dan is Asia managing director, based in Law Business Research’s Hong Kong office and responsible for the group’s activities across Asia-Pacific. Dan joined the business in 2012 to help set up the regional office and drive the company’s growth across this dynamic market. Prior to Law Business Research, Dan managed Euromoney’s Legal Media Group titles including Managing IP, IFLR, Asialaw and China Law & Practice.

Daniel Cole

Alex Morrall

Product and Innovation Director

Alex Morrall is product and innovation director at Law Business Research, and is responsible for product development across the group’s brands. His role is to apply technology to legal content and workflows to deliver seamless client experiences, and his team plays a central role in driving the business’s growth strategy. Prior to joining Law Business Research, Alex worked at Practical Law during its rapid growth.

Alex Morrall

Content Development Director

Ameet joined Law Business Research in late 2018, bringing senior management experience in business intelligence from GlobalData and consulting experience from a range of businesses including Accenture and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. He is responsible for new content development and editorial services, leveraging our data and insight across all our brands. Ameet also has commercial responsibility for our practitioner insight products.

Ameet Phadnis

Chris Proud

IT Director

Chris is responsible for all technology in the business and application development teams. He joined the company as a graduate 20 years ago and with the support of the business is now LBR's IT director. Prior to joining the business, Chris was developing case management systems for the legal market while studying computer science. Chris has a strong understanding of all areas of technology and development and, while he spends most of his time leading the tech teams, he can still be seen getting stuck in where needed to help solve problems.

Chris Proud

David Samuels

Editor-in-Chief

David is the longest serving journalist at Law Business Research. Since joining in 1999, he has run sister sites Global Competition Review and Latin Lawyer (as a locum), launched Global Arbitration Review, Global Investigations Review and Global Restructuring Review, and organised numerous conferences under those brands. He read law at Oxford and Cambridge.

David Samuels

Director of Events

Alexi is director of events, responsible for all aspects of Law Business Research's events portfolio, which comprises 120 global events across 12 brands. Alexi joined the business in 2002 and worked in a number of commercial roles before starting the events division in 2009 and growing it to where it is today. She previously worked for Thomson Reuters in its legal publishing division, Sweet & Maxwell.

Alexi Whitehouse

Joff Wild

Editor-in-Chief

Joff is the editor-in-chief of IP at LBR and a journalist who has specialised in covering IP issues since 1992. He is responsible for all content generated by IAM and World Trademark Review, including online, magazine, research and conference products. He developed the idea for IAM and was its editor from 2003 to 2018. Prior to that he contributed to The Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He was editor of Managing Intellectual Property from 1994 to 1997 and publisher of IP products at Euromoney plc up to 2000.

Joff Wild

Corporate social responsibility

At Law Business Research, we are committed to making our organisation a sustainable, ethical and socially aware part of the business ecosystem. We place great emphasis on looking after the well-being of our people, our clients, our partners and the environment and communities in which we work and live.

Investing in our people

We strive to foster a culture that encourages our people to fulfil their full potential and supports their continued improvement in all that they do, enabling us to achieve greater success together.

Mentoring

Our mentoring scheme was set up in March 2018 to provide an additional means of developmental support for employees beyond that covered by training initiatives and line management. The scheme offers employees the opportunity to work with someone from another team who can offer support, guidance and encouragement. Our mentees are matched with an experienced, positive and knowledgeable member of the business who helps them to focus on personal and professional development and manage their career progression so that they can fulfil their potential.

Charity and community initiatives

We support a diverse range of company and employee-led charity and community initiatives, from the Swawou School for disadvantaged girls in Sierra Leone to local foodbanks. All staff are encouraged to propose charitable initiatives and engage in a regular calendar of charitable activities.

Swawou School

We proudly support Swawou School for disadvantaged girls in Sierra Leone. Our support has funded the construction of a school building and helps to pay for the education and welfare of over 100 pupils aged 6 to 14.

Local school pairing

In 2018 we paired with local school Oasis Academy Southbank to launch a joint enrichment scheme. Over the course of the school year, the business led multiple six-week programmes helping Year 8 students to devise a new school magazine. Volunteers from across the business – from sales, content and marketing to design and project management – attended the sessions in the build-up to the final competition week, where students pitched their business ideas to senior members of staff. The winning teams were presented with prize money to be donated to the department of their choice.

Pro bono clearing houses

Each year, Latin Lawyer donates proceeds of its annual charity awards ceremony to three pro bono clearing houses in Latin America, where millions of people still live in poverty and lack basic human rights, including access to justice. There is an expanding pro bono culture in the region thanks to the hard work of a growing group of practitioners dedicated to creating the infrastructure needed to provide free legal services to those who need it most. Clearing houses are an integral part of that group. Not only do they provide a necessary link between those who need legal advice and the law firms able to give it, they have proved to be key drivers in establishing best practices and spreading them across the region. To function effectively, they rely heavily on funding from law firms and other donors.

Sustainability

We have a strategic approach towards minimising the company’s impact on the environment. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by recycling, limiting waste and conserving energy. We also buy Fairtrade products and recycled stationery for office use.

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