Founder & CEO – Farillio
Merlie Calvert is the CEO and founder of Farillio, an award-winning, tech startup in the business and legal services sector. Passionate about Farillio’s mission to ensure that no small business owner struggles because they can’t get access to the info, materials or expert help they need, on a basis they can afford, Merlie’s unapologetically rebellious about championing small business rights. To this mission, Merlie brings over 20 years’ experience of business and legal practice spanning a wide range of legal and business roles in industries from pharmaceuticals and insurance through to music, FMCG and diamonds. Recognised by the FT in 2019 for being among the top 4% of global legaltech innovators, she’s an advisor for Antler VC and mentor/adviser to a number of other businesses also.
CEO – SYKE
Founder & CEO – The Legal Director
Ed Simpson is the founder and CEO of The Legal Director. During his career as an in-house lawyer Ed recognised that in-house lawyers are extremely proficient at applying their legal expertise practically, especially in the realities of the commercial world, and that they can play a very valuable role in any organisation. He set up The Legal Director in 2007 with a view to making senior and experienced in-house lawyers available to all businesses. The Legal Director now comprises a team of over 40 experience general counsel who provide ambitious, high-growth businesses with in-house legal expertise on a part-time, flexible basis.