Consultant Legal Counsel
Jo is great at delivering simple, practical and cost-effective solutions for legal, regulatory and operational problems. She helps growing businesses build scalable legal and compliance functions from product inception through to exit whilst managing tight legal budgets. Her in-house experience includes working across EMEA, APAC and the Americas standardising contracts and processes, implementing tech/SaaS (including AI) and IP restructures, and leading companies through sensitive legal, compliance and HR issues. She is also an expert in European data protection laws and regulations and takes a pragmatic and business-oriented approach, guiding companies through the intricate legal landscape of governing collection, storage, processing, sharing and disclosure of personal data.
Jo believes that innovation in science, technology and data can change the world, so much so that she founded her own SaaS company to tackle the legal and regulatory issues around the lack of transparency in personal care product retail. She’s highly practical, constantly curious and ethically driven – focussed on providing legal services to her clients in a way that adds commercial value and directly impacts the achievement of business goals.
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Outside of work, Jo loves all things health and health tech related, especially personalised and preventative healthcare innovation and precision diagnostics. When not geeking out on health, Jo enjoys cycling, kite surfing and ethical travel.
Worked with:Jo was a Corporate Counsel at Google before starting her own SaaS business. Prior to that, she was the founding General Counsel for BeatThatQuote.com and led legal projects for various multinationals including Electronic Arts and James Hardie Industries. Jo trained as a litigator in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to the UK, with the majority of her experience having been gained in Europe.
What Jo's clients say:
Jo has a practical, jargon-free approach to building a lean, scalable legal function and was immediately comfortable using our existing software applications to build legal and compliance processes – and did a great job on our privacy hub. I love Jo's enthusiasm, and her ability to spot hidden dangers. Her support was exactly what we were looking for.
The contracts Jo created were exactly what we needed - they were easy to adapt for our different clients enabling us to scale the business quickly whilst ensuring the work was legally compliant and that our IP rights were protected. We’ve even had positive feedback from clients on the clarity of the agreements and how pleased they are that the terms are fair to both parties. Jo is incredibly responsive and will always go the extra mile when she knows something is urgent. She inspires me to hope for the best but plan for the worst, so that the business is always covered if things don't go to plan! I can’t imagine having a better legal advisor.
Our original MSA was very one-sided and not favourable to The Social Element, with Jo’s help getting this agreement in place we have significantly reduced the risk to the agency. Also, the way she amended some of their terms to make sense with our business/services was amazing! I think it was the longest MSA that I have reviewed in my career, so a really big thank you - we're extremely happy with the outcome :-)
The Intellectual Property audit provided by Jo and LegalEdge was extremely thorough. Securing our IP is enabling us to scale Arishi as a dynamic and innovative technology business, confident that our brand is protected under the law.