Lawyers On Demand appoints Financial Times’ GC Tim Bratton as Practice Development Director

Lawyers On Demand (LOD), the innovative alternative legal services provider launched by Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), today announced the appointment of current Financial Times (FT) General Counsel (GC) Tim Bratton, who will join LOD as Practice Development Director (PDD).

Tim, who has held the position of GC at the FT since 2003 and Director of Intellectual Property (IP) since 2011, will join LOD on 2 September 2013 and work with Co-Founders Simon Harper and Jonathan Brenner to help the LOD business achieve further growth.

The newly created PDD role will primarily focus on growing the business’ client and lawyer relationships. Tim will also work with the Directors to implement and build upon LOD’s practice development strategy and lead LOD’s client development plan with both in-house teams and law firms.

During his time at the FT, Tim has been credited with completely re-modelling the publishing giant’s provision of legal services, creating an innovative legal and compliance function that became a trusted business partner to the business and the FT’s board and intrinsically involved in all strategic initiatives.

Tim also embedded a variety of innovative internal and external processes that enabled the FT to utilise a modest budget in a variety of ways that helped maximise the value to the organisation, which included: team ‘on-shoring’; launching a small Belfast-based team, IP fixed fee outsourcing and implementation of an ‘all-you-can-eat’ tender model.

LOD Co-Founder, Simon Harper, said: “When we began searching for someone to lead practice development for LOD, we knew they needed the right aptitude to move into a business role in an innovative and entrepreneurial growth company – Tim has these skills in abundance. Tim is a trusted voice in the legal marketplace, with a reputation for legal innovation, and he already embodies many of LOD’s values so it’s great to have him on board.”

Tim said: “It has been a privilege to hold the GC role at the Financial Times and to be part of such a fantastic organisation. I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my career, and in particular taking on a commercial role in an exciting business which I believe is very well placed to build on its existing success in a changing market.

I have known Simon for over a decade and watched with interest as LOD has grown. I am fascinated with innovation in the legal sector and engaged LOD lawyers whilst I was in-house so really understand the benefits to clients. With the recent explosion in alternative legal services, it seemed a perfect time to join LOD and I hope that my knowledge of being a GC with first-hand experience will help us continue to deliver for clients and expand the business.”

LOD was launched with the backing of international law firm BLP in 2007 as an alternative legal service and a new way of working for talented lawyers. Seeing that both clients and lawyers were looking at ways to work differently, LOD was launched to shake up traditional models. LOD now has a team of around 120 of the highest quality lawyers working with clients such as Google, Porsche and Channel 4.

LOD also recently launched LOD On Call, a new pay-as-you-go model to complement its initial secondment style model. LOD On Call offers clients access to the expertise of remote LOD lawyers just they need it and is designed for when they might otherwise outsource a project but don’t need the full City law firm infrastructure.

For more information about LOD or their new On Call service, visit

Notes to Editors

About LOD

LOD allows in-house counsel and law firms to flex the size and capability of their teams, just when they need to. Our high quality, freelance lawyers are available to work with our clients on site or remotely, on a contract basis or simply as needed. Our straightforward solutions reduce the usual cost of engaging lawyers by offering expertise without the overhead.

Now a separate Berwin Paisner group company, LOD was founded in 2007 to help legal teams manage changing workloads more efficiently and to offer talented lawyers an alternative way of working. We now work with some of the world’s top companies and law firms, have built a team of over 120 experienced and highly motivated lawyers who have now carried out more than 300 assignments and have won numerous awards for innovation and client service. For more information, see

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