BeMyVA Expert Panel Member: Suzanne Dibble of Lawyers4Mumpreneurs honoured in the Law Society’s Solicitor of the Year Award

Date: 27-Oct-2011 12:00

The exceptional achievements of Suzanne Dibble’s virtual legal practice, Lawyers4Mumpreneurs, have been recognised by the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards at a ceremony in front of 600 legal professionals held in London last week (18 October 2011).

Awarding her Highly Commended in the Solicitor of the Year category, the Law Society Excellence Awards honoured the outstanding support Suzanne Dibble’s business law practice provides to mumpreneur businesses.

Launched in 2010, Lawyers4Mumpreneurs is unique in focusing on the needs of mums in setting up and growing their businesses, offering friendly, cost-effective, jargon-free advice. Using primarily social media (Suzanne is the most influential UK lawyer on twitter), Suzanne’s practice offers support on such matters as brand and data protection, advertising compliance, limitation of liability, franchising, contracts, distribution and investment agreements.

The Law Society Excellence Awards highlight innovative business practices, successful approaches to practice management as well as contributions through social responsibility and equality and diversity initiatives. On presenting Suzanne with her award, the President of the Law Society, Jon Wotton said: “Winning an Excellence Award is more than recognition from professional colleagues; it is also a symbol of quality for members of the public highlighting professional excellence and a commitment to providing a high quality service to clients.”

Suzanne’s practice has grown to cater for more than 80 clients in less than two years whilst working flexibly around her 15 month old baby. In September, Dragon’s Den veteran Duncan Bannantyne was among the judges who voted Suzanne’s company Best Business Support at the national Mumpreneur Awards ceremony. Growth this year has been largely fuelled by recommendations from scores of delighted clients. She has recently taken on two colleagues and plans to increase her staff to ten within five years to meet the demand for flexible and user-friendly legal advice and services.
Suzanne comments, “I am thrilled to receive this award from the Law Society, after working so hard to create a sustainable, successful and unique private law practice. The virtual law model has enabled me to work effectively while providing the flexible, open service that my clients value so highly: without such a model, I would have struggled to continue to practise law. Only last month, I was honoured by the Mumpreneur Awards, which represents the majority of my clients – now to be recognised by my peers is the ultimate accolade.”

With 14 years of corporate law experience behind her, at DLA Piper LLP, Virgin, ITV Plc and on the main board of property firm Hamptons International, Suzanne’s professional excellence is assured. In her own practice she makes this expertise accessible to business mums, turning the potentially daunting experience of hiring a lawyer into an easy, pleasant and constructive one. She explains, “My clients love the fact that I am one of them, speak their language and explain things without legal jargon. I am passionate about helping their businesses grow and have structured what I do specifically to address their needs, offering a completely flexible service.”

Suzanne’s blend of experience means that she is a trusted advisor to her clients on both commercial and legal matters. Her input is so valued by some clients that they have asked her to join their boards of directors.

Sam Willoughby, multi-award-winning founder of parenting e-business What’s on 4 Limited, sums up the value of Lawyers4Mumpreneurs:

“Suzanne’s involvement in our franchising has made all the difference to us making it happen.  She took the time to understand the business and asked lots of questions to ensure we had considered every business and legal aspect of franchising.  She really understood the pressures of a small business and particularly the juggle of being a parent running a small business.  She delivered as promised, responded very quickly to emails, didn’t confuse us with legal jargon and was very fair and clear with the costs.  After four years and three other solicitors, I have finally found one I can recommend and that I will use again.”

For further information about the services provided by Suzanne Dibble, recent blog posts, testimonials, awards and accreditations, please visit

Suzanne Dibble is also a member of the Expert Panel - UK Lawyer - a fantastic achievement, congratulations Suzanne.

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