Dragons’ Den veteran Duncan Bannatyne was among the judges who voted business lawyer Suzanne Dibble’s venture Lawyers4Mumpreneurs a winner at the national Mumpreneur Awards ceremony on Sunday 25 September 2011.
The accolade recognises Suzanne’s growing practice for the outstanding support it provides to smaller, family-run businesses, since launching in 2010. The only law firm in the UK to do so, Lawyers4Mumpreneurs focuses solely on mumpreneurs’ needs in setting up and growing their businesses, offering friendly, cost effective, jargon-free business law advice. Suzanne spotted her opportunity in a market where many small businesses need legal help with protecting their business and growing it. Mumpreneur clients have kept her busy ever since, seeking and receiving high calibre advice and support on such matters as brand and data protection, advertising compliance, limitation of liability, franchising, licensing, contracts, distribution and investment agreements.
Commenting on the win, Suzanne says, “I’m delighted to be recognised at the Mumpreneur Awards, because the organisation really does stand for everything my clients are and hope to be, approaching business success in the same way as I do. With a high calibre and entrepreneurial judging panel including Duncan Bannatyne making the final decision, I feel it’s a tremendous accolade, which inspires me to do even more for the mumpreneur community and in support of my current and future clients.”
Lawyers4Mumpreneurs is unique in focusing specifically on mumpreneur businesses. Using primarily social media, Suzanne has established the practice’s reputation in the sector and grown her business from nothing to over 70 clients in less than two years, working part time around her now 14 month old baby and being available when it suits her clients. Growth this year has been largely fuelled by recommendations from scores of delighted clients. She has recently taken on two colleagues and plans to expand her staff to ten within five years, to meet the demand for flexible and user-friendly legal advice and services.
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 www.lawyers4mumpreneurs.com.