About us

Globe Law and Business was established in 2005, and from the very beginning, we set out to create law books which are sufficiently high level to be of real use to the experienced professional, yet still accessible and easy to navigate. Most of our authors are drawn from Magic Circle and other top commercial firms, both in the UK and internationally.

Our titles are carefully produced, with the utmost attention paid to editorial, design and production processes. We hope this results in high-quality books which are easy to read, and a pleasure to own. All our new books are also available as ebooks, which are compatible with most desktop, laptop and tablet devices.

We have recently expanded our portfolio to include a new range of journals, available both digitally and in hard copy format, and produced to the same high standards as our books.

We'd very much like to hear from you with your thoughts and ideas for improving what we offer. Please do feel free to email .
Contact details for our main team members are listed below. Please feel free to contact any of us, and we will do our best to help.

Happy browsing and thank you for your time.

Sian O'Neill
Managing director
Globe Law and Business

Meet our Team

Sian O’Neill

Sian O’Neill

Managing Director
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Sian is a publishing professional with over 20 years of experience, and founded Globe Law and Business in 2005 as an imprint at Globe Business Media Group. Prior to that, she ran the London office of Kluwer Law International, part of the Wolters Kluwer Group, and commissioned at Sweet & Maxwell. She believes that there is a future in print for high quality, lovingly produced books with the utmost attention paid to the editorial, design and production processes. For authors, she aims to offer a professional service, with a personal touch. Outside of publishing, Sian is a qualified yoga teacher.


Jim Smith

Jim Smith

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Jim has some 30 years' experience in professional publishing, including at LexisNexis, where he was on the board of the UK company. He moved from Lexis to found Tottel Publishing, which specialised in tax and law, and which was sold to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2009. Since selling Tottel, Jim has become a shareholder in several publishing companies, and combines this with a range of business interests in other sectors.

Jim is a former Chair of his industry’s trade body, the Independent Publishers Guild. Outside of work, he enjoys sailing, golf, and trying to play jazz piano.


Chris Burton-Brown

Chris Burton-Brown

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Chris is a Chartered Accountant who has spent his career as an FD in the publishing sector, mainly with Wolters Kluwer and United Business Media. Chris now works for himself with a portfolio of SME clients, mostly in the publishing sector. Chris is a firm believer that good data and analysis allows good publishing and business decisions to be taken.

Chris is interested in all sports, and remains a keen and active hockey player, runner, golfer and weekend dog walker with his two labradors.


Lauren Simpson

Lauren Simpson

Managing Editor
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Following her law degree, Lauren has worked in business and reference publishing for nearly 25 years, covering a diverse range of subject areas including consumer reference, local government, politics, banking and financial services, marketing, ELT, dictionaries and law. In addition, she has experience of print buying and advertising, and ran a freelance editorial business for nearly 10 years. At Globe, Lauren looks after the day-to-day editorial management of books and ebooks as they progress through the rigorous editing, typesetting, proof reading and printing processes. Lauren is married with one son and in her spare time enjoys walking, cryptic crosswords, good restaurants, overseas travel and being a ‘rugby mum’.


Nicola Hornsby

Nicola Hornsby

Marketing Manager
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Nicola ('Nic' to her friends and colleagues) is a graduate marketing professional, and has been with the company for more than 10 years. She is a self-confessed data geek, who loves finding ways to reach new corners of her markets. For authors, she will be a key point of contact once a book nears completion, and has been known to drive them to distraction with endless questions in her determination to promote their work fairly and effectively.

Before Globe Law and Business, Nic spent time writing corporate governance reports for PIRC, and in marketing for Reed Elsevier.

Beyond the office, Nic enjoys staying fit, upcycling old furniture, and keeping up with the demands of her busy family.


Joanne Skillicorn

Joanne Skillicorn

Publications Assistant
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With her background in multinational companies such as Fujitsu, Jo is well placed to deliver the best possible service to our global customer base.

In the three years she’s been with us, her role has expanded to include keeping our database running smoothly, and organising our marketing support. There are few loose ends that she is unable to tie up, and if the rest of us are flummoxed by a systems issue or knotty piece of admin, it isn’t long before someone says ‘let’s ask Jo.’

When not juggling data, customers and systems, Jo is no stranger to the gym, and enjoys renovating old houses and looking after her growing family.

Our Journal Editors

Barbara R Hauser

Barbara R Hauser, MA, JD

Editor, The International Family Office journal
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Ms. Hauser combines a history of advising families as an international private client lawyer with a focus on governance for families, family businesses and family offices. The goal is to have smooth generational transitions and avoid conflict. She has been a partner at leading law firms and a member of several Boards. She is on the SPEARS 500 list for family office advisors.

Ms. Hauser has authored and contributed to many books, including “International Family Governance: A Guide for Families & Their Advisors”, “International Estate Planning: A Reference Guide”, “Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions” (advisory editor), “Mommy, are we Rich? Talking to Children about Family Money” (co-author), and the Family Offices Handbook (advisory editor).

Ms. Hauser holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was a Clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Zurich.


Robert McKay

Robert McKay

Editor, Modern Legal Practice

Robert gained his law degree at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is also an associate editor of the Italian Law Journal, a columnist on professional publishing at www.slaw.ca/author/mckay and a director of Dunedin Academic Press. He has held such posts as publishing director at Sweet & Maxwell (Thomson Reuters), divisional chief executive of Tolley Professional Information (UBM), director of CCH Information (Wolters Kluwer), managing director/founder at FL Memo and managing director, National Publishing, at TSO. He has been a director of Taxbriefs and Red Management Group.

Additionally, he is editor of two other periodicals, Rett News and the Barbican Association Newsletter.