The Making of a Law Firm Series:

Lessons Learned from Year 1 of Running a Law Firm

Join this free session to celebrate the final episode in our year-long series. We’ll look back and celebrate what our leaders accomplished in their first year, and look ahead to what is to come in 2022.

Recorded and available on-demand for free.

Starting a new law firm is tough, rewarding, freeing, scary, and exciting, all at the same time. No one knows this more than our four Making of a Law Firm series leaders, all of whom established new law firms in the last year: Kim Cross, Partner at Vine Law, Natalie Foster, Founder at Foster Clay Law, Elena Manukyan, Partner at The Injury Solicitor, and Alistair Wells, Founder and Director at Tend Legal. 

For our final instalment of this year’s Making of a Law Firm series, Clio’s UK Community Manager, Geraldine O’Reilly, will be rejoined by all four series leaders for a free online session with a festive twist. 

As our leaders reflect on what has been a whirlwind year of owning and running a legal business, they’ll discuss the following:

  • The high points—big and small—from year 1 of their firm
  • The challenges they faced along the way
  • What’s next for their growing firms as they look beyond year 1

If you recently established a new law firm or are thinking of starting a law firm in 2022, this live event is for you. Come celebrate with us—we’ll even have some prizes up for grabs too. Just don’t forget the mince pies!

As an attendee you will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer your own perspective too. And you don’t need to have been following the series to join.

Session duration: 60 minutes


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Kim Cross Headshot
Kim Cross


Vine Law

Kim is a solicitor who initially qualified in Australia and moved to the UK in 2009. Along with co-founders Melinda Smith and Cath Collins, Kim started Vine Law in 2020 with the mission to build a firm that focuses on providing exceptional client service and is a great place to work.

Natalie Foster


Foster Clay Law

Natalie Foster co-founded Foster Clay in 2020 with the vision to have a friendly, forward-thinking law firm that provides excellent professional service to individuals and businesses both locally and nationally. Natalie saw a gap in the market for a firm offering digital legal services.

Elena Manukyan
Elena Manukyan


The Injury Solicitor

In 2020, after seeing that legal services could be delivered from almost anywhere, Elena decided to launch her own firm. Specialising in personal injury law and being a small firm, Elena is able to offer clients a personalised service which you simply don’t get from large firms in the UK.

Alistair Wells Headshot
Alistair Wells


Tend Legal

Alistair is an experienced commercial solicitor. He co-founded Tend Legal with his wife Shona in 2020, with the aim of finding a better way to deliver amazing legal services to start-ups and SMEs. Alistair is known for his approachable manner, zen-like calm, and clear commercial legal advice.


Geraldine O'Reilly

UK and Ireland Community Manager


Having had nearly a decade of experience in tech and the legal field, Geraldine has a deep understanding of the needs of businesses and lawyers. Geraldine leads Clio’s European events and community strategy and has spoken and moderated on many occasions about the future of legal, law firm growth, and cloud technology and security. Geraldine is also passionate about helping firms grow.

 Attend for your chance to win a £500 gift card 

Is your laptop taking forever to start? Maybe your phone is constantly in need of a charge? Attend the final instalment of The Making of a Law Firm Series for your chance to win one £500 Apple Store e-gift card. Get your technical issues sorted so you have one less thing to worry about when starting your firm.

*To be eligible for the draw you must attend the live event. Gift cards can not be redeemed for cash.

Join and participate in our Making of a Law Firm Series throughout 2021

This event is part of a year-long series of events The Making of a Law Firm Series, featuring four law firm founders who are building legal businesses that were established in 2020 during a global crisis.

Our 4 leaders are:

Kim Cross, Partner at Vine Law
Natalie Foster, Founder at Foster Clay Law
Elena Manukyan, Partner at The Injury Solicitor
Alistair Wells, Founder and Director at Tend Legal

Together we will tackle questions such as:

How to build a pipeline of clients
How to manage your firm’s cash flow
What technology you need at your firm
How to attract, hire, and keep top talent
How to renew your PII and get the best deal
How to create a strong brand
And much more

Want to catch up on any previous events that you might have missed? Then check out the entire series of on-demand webinars in The Making of a Law Firm Hub.

If you are interested in joining as an expert, or if you want to suggest a topic to cover, please email [email protected]