Our Team

Meet the members of our top class team

Helen Ford

Managing Director

As Managing Director Helen’s role is very wide ranging from formulating company policy and strategy to facilities management and most importantly supporting the team and making sure they are happy and healthy. She tries to meet as many clients as possible and as LEX now has more than 280 sites in eight countries that keeps her very busy. Helen loves James Bond, Aston Martin and the Red Arrows.

David Connolly

Sales Director

David’s role involves contacting chambers across the country, and the world, to discuss their current business management system to ascertain whether LEX could be a future option. He gains an understanding of their business processes and demonstrates how the LEX team can help them.  Outside work he enjoys cycling and golf.

Adam Toone

Software Developer

For the past seven years Adam has been developing existing features of the LEX software as well as researching and developing exciting new ones.  He recently became a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). He is an avid golfer and snowboarder.

Caroline Cox

Accounts Assistant

Caroline’s role as an Accounts Assistant involves liaising with clients, checking and amending Chambers Licences and sending out invoices. Apart from a break to raise a family, she has worked in accounts since leaving school and has been part of the team since 2019.

Caroline Mitchell

Account Manager

Client interaction is the most important part of the role for Caroline.  She works to give each client the best support possible. By doing this she has developed very strong, professional relationships, understanding individual needs and requirements and proposing solutions that meet objectives. She enjoys living life to the fullest.

Chloe Axon

Support Operative/Analyst

Chloe deals with all matters relating to LEX no matter how small or large. In her role she assists clients quickly and efficiently by providing answers to their questions and queries. She has previous experience of working within the legal profession and enjoys keeping fit.

Chris Sacker

Business & Implementation Analyst

Chris was a barrister’s clerk for circa 13 years, largely in the public law sector, before moving into chambers software.  His role is focused on chambers’ usage of the software to best suit their business needs. He is a sports and fitness freak.  If he can exert himself, he’ll probably end up doing it.

Claire Walker

Business & Implementation Analyst

Claire’s role involves assisting with delivering training to clients and working with the team to ensure that clients are well-looked after and that LEX continues to provide the strongest chambers management software solution in the market. She is an outdoors girl and at weekends can be found in the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District.

Damien Breingan

Product Development Manager

Damien manages the development of LEX. He oversees the conception, design and implementation of new and existing feature development to meet regulatory and client specific demand.  Damien also manages development resources, to provide responsive support, whilst continuing to develop understanding and use of latest technologies. He is a keen guitarist and enjoys Metal and Rock.

Darren Bogan

Account Manager

Darren began his career in legal software more than 20 years ago after a spell as a professional footballer. He joined the team in 2012.  His role as an Account Manager means that he works closely with clients to provide solutions that meet their needs and objectives while developing a solid professional relationship.

David Taylor

Development Manager

Since 2007 David has been programming LEX and managing the day to day running and decision processes of the development team.  He writes new modules for LEX and maintains the core health of the system.  David also manages data migrations and server maintenance.  He takes part in extreme sports like rock climbing and specialises in endurance events such as ultra-marathons and ironman triathlons.

Graham Cox

Senior Support Operative

Having clerked at Serjeants’ Inn for 13 years before joining Bar Squared in 2011, Graham relocated his family from Kent to join Bar Squared in its Leicestershire office. He is a senior member of the support team and has been instrumental in automating the testing of LEX. In his spare time Graham is studying for a Business and IT degree with Open University.

Heather Jones

Training Manager

Heather provides training on site or remotely to ensure users get the most from the software and are aware of the functionality. Heather also produces LEX training videos, tutorials and FAQs.

James Cullis

Software Developer

James has been involved in software for more than 20 years and has worked in all aspects of software development from design to implementation for the LEX web-based product. He has also written an Android app to allow users to access their LEX diaries. James has played many sports and at 6’ 8” tall was a mean basketball player.

 

Jon Hawkey

Project Manager

Since joining the team in 2010 Jon has managed the implementation of new installations of LEX Chambers Management from initial business analysis, system configuration to training and deployment. He is the direct interface and support for new LEX clients.  He enjoys cycling and climbing and builds VR computer games as a hobby.

Justin Elliott Neal

Senior Product Design Manager

Justin’s role is to measure and optimise the LEX application to improve ease of use and create the best user experience. His focus is on designing the presentation and interactivity of the product. He is fanatical about keeping fit and is an ex-Team GB swimmer.

Kester Dampney

Software Developer

As a Software Developer for LEX Kester’s role involves migrating and merging data between chambers. Since 2008 he has played a part in developing new features for the product.  After backpacking around the world, he now likes to spend time with his family.

 

Mike Armitage

Senior Developer

Mike has been with Bar Squared since its beginning and as a Lead Developer much of his time is spent analysing and coding changes, researching new technologies, and dealing with legislation changes from government bodies.  He has had a passion for computers and software since he was 12 years old when he got his first computer – a Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

 

Nathan Joel

Senior Support Operative

Nathan has worked at Bar Squared since 2009.  As well as providing technical support he liaises with clients regarding LEX software and works with them to find the best way to achieve what it is that they need. He is an avid music fan and vinyl collector.  Nathan is also a wannabe Rockstar.

 

Nick Hartwell

Operations Director

Nick was a former clerk to chambers but he moved to Bar Squared in July 2008.  His role includes systems analysis, data migration and software implementation.  He is the international face of LEX and has travelled the world to work with clients. He enjoys flying light aircraft and drinking red wine but not simultaneously.

Paul Messenger

Account Manager

As an Account Manager Paul has a close face-to face relationship with clients.  He works to continuously propose solutions that meet their objectives and introduce them to new features and functionality in LEX that may benefit chambers. He began his career as a barrister’s clerk and moved to Bar Squared in April 2009.

Shannon Kilbourn

Support Operative

As a Support Operative Shannon’s role is working closely with our clients to provide support by answering questions and queries regarding LEX and its features. She is experienced in Customer Services and joined the team this year. Shannon enjoys travel and is a keen Leicester City supporter.

Simon Cheung

Support Analyst

As a Support Analyst Simon’s role is very much ‘customer facing’ and he enjoys interacting one-on-one with clients.  His background in IT support is invaluable in enabling him to support LEX users.  For relaxation he likes to spend some time competing online on his Xbox.

Tim Noakes

Application Support

Tim has been working in computer software for more than 25 years. He joined Bar Squared in May 2019. His role involves looking after Office365 and working with clients on installations and data migration.  Tim plays the Alto Sax and is a keen Northern Soul dancer.

Tracey Keenan

Support Operative/Analyst

Tracey’s job is to assist barristers and clerks with LEX queries. She enjoys working closely with clients to help to answer questions and resolve issues. She enjoys travelling around the country on her scooter and supporting Manchester United.

Umesh Patel

Support Manager

Umesh manages the LEX support team and data migrations.  He has worked with the support desk since 2007 and has developed a successful and close relationship with our clients.  He enjoys fishing and being outdoors.

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