About us

Globe Law and Business was established in 2005, and from the 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 and Special Reports, available both digitally and in hard copy format, and produced to the same high standards as our books.

In the Spring of 2021, we were very pleased to announce the start of a new chapter for Globe Law and Business following the acquisition of law books under the imprint Ark Publishing. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Ark authors, many of whom are well-known to us, and to further developing the law firm management list, among other areas.

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 25 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 for high quality, lovingly produced books with the utmost attention paid to the editorial, design and production processes while adapting to the need to provide content in any format our customers find useful. 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

Chairman
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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

CFO
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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 30 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 over 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 HIIT workouts, walking, cryptic crosswords, chess, good restaurants, overseas travel and being a ‘rugby/football 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.

 

Ian Brushwood

Ian Brushwood

Account Manager
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Ian has been involved with the legal information industry for over 25 years. He headed up Hammicks Legal Bookshops from 1993, rising to become Commercial Director for Hammicks Legal Information Services. Whilst there, he was responsible for running sales and marketing, liaising with publishers (including Globe Law and Business of course) and editing both the annual world-wide Hammicks Legal Catalogue and monthly Hammicks Legal Update. A well-known figure in the industry, Ian has developed a wide knowledge of law publishing, its customers and its products. After Hammicks Ian worked with several law publishers before joining Globe Law and Business in 2017.

Ian is also a past Director and long-time supporter of the BTBS Book Trade Charity, a passionate UK postal historian and a fellow hiker with his wife Susan (who also work for Globe Law and Business).

 

Susan Brushwood

Susan Brushwood

Account Manager
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Before moving into publishing, Susan was a career bookseller, specialising in law books under the Hammicks brand for 25 years. For many years, she was manager of Hammicks Legal Bookshop, Manchester, England, with responsibility for customers throughout England, Wales and Scotland. At the time this was the largest law bookshop outside of London and Susan became well known to librarians, practitioners and publishers alike. Later she acted as an internal account manager for book and journal sales, a position similar to her role at Globe Law and Business, which she joined in 2017.

Outside of work Susan has been a supporter of the BTBS Book Trade Charity for over 10 years, is a member of The Richard 111 Society and also manages to fit yoga, hiking, swimming and calligraphy into her already busy schedule.

 

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.

 

Katerina Menhennet

Katerina Menhennet

Commissioning Editor
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Katerina (Kat) is commissioning editor and manages the business of law list for Globe Law and Business. She looks to publish new, interesting and valuable titles on any and all aspects of law firm management. When not seeking out new publications, she project-manages our multi-contributor volumes and strives to make the publishing process for authors as smooth, beneficial and enjoyable as possible. Previously she has worked at a charity theatre company and as a bookseller, and outside of publishing she enjoys badminton, travelling and trips to the theatre. 

 

Alex Davies

Alex Davies

Commissioning Editor
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Alex Davies joins Globe Law and Business as Commissioning Editor from ARK Group, where she spent three-and-a-half years cultivating a list of more than 30 titles spanning law firm strategy and management, business development, talent management, KM and the practice of law. Alex has a degree in Publishing and has worked in the sector for twenty years. She has special interest in technology and law, AI, and how the legal industry will look in the future, as well as being an advocate for women in law. Alex is also a writer and editor and is working on her second novel.

 

Pat Dawson

Pat Dawson

Print Production Manager
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Pat has worked in publishing for over 40 years, and for many of these ran his own travel guide book company, Footprint Handbooks. He has experienced all facets of the industry from accounting to warehousing, but his family background is printing, and so inky fingers are part of his DNA. His deep knowledge of print extends from hot metal to today’s Adobe Indesign, including XML and epub production.

He also has good experience of printing overseas, as well as short run digital print in the UK. Whatever the format or process, the hallmark of his work is a commitment to the high quality that our authors and customers have come to expect.

Away from work, Pat enjoys nothing more than exploring the world, as well as walking Britain’s coastal paths. He lives in a village on the outskirts of Bath and is heavily involved in the local community.

 

Tabitha Potts

Tabitha Potts

Head of Marketing
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Tabitha Potts is Head of Marketing at Globe Law and Business. Her background is in digital marketing (most recently for educational and environmental charities) and her role is developing the marketing strategy for our titles, and overseeing the execution of all related activity. Tabitha recently graduated from a Creative Writing MA, manages a literary podcast and enjoys kickboxing in her spare time.

 

Steve Savory

Steve Savory

Head of Digital Publishing
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After some years working as an accounts investigator for HMRC and as a tax adviser for a well known accountancy firm, Steve decided that he was better off leaving numbers to the numerate and joined Tolley Publishing in 1989. Like a centre forward who, entirely unawares, scores a goal because the ball has bounced off the back of his head, he through sheer dumb luck was in the right place at the right time to get in at the dawn of electronic publishing and in 1993 he left the world of print and tangible things behind and was absorbed into The Matrix. He launched the first CD ROM subscription service for UK Tax in 1994 and followed that with the first online tax subscription service in 1998. For the next 20 years, like a jobbing window cleaner, he moved between the various houses of the professional publishing village, setting up online services as he went. In 2021 he joined Globe Law and Business to work on the launch of Globe Law Online. When he is not railing at a world he no longer understands (nor ever did), Steve enjoys writing about the mysterious and beautiful intricacies of ordinary life.

 

Our Journal Editors

Barbara R Hauser

Barbara R Hauser

Editor, The International Family Offices 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.

 

Isabel Parker

Isabel Parker

Editor, Modern Lawyer
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Isabel Parker is Editor of Modern Lawer. She is currently the Executive Director of The Digital Legal Exchange, a non-for-profit supporting the digital transformation of the corporate legal function. Isabel trained as a project finance lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was for a number of years their Chief Legal Innovation Officer, helping to develop and deliver the firm's digital transformation strategy. Isable's first book Successful Digital Transformation in Law Firms: a question of culture was published by Globe Law and Business in November 2021.