Chief Executive Officer
Kerry has been working in PR and communications for over 21 years. She started her PR career working for a specialist professional services consultancy. She then went on to work for a number of large PR agencies, where she led accounts for clients such as Royal Mail, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, BDO Stoy Hayward and City & Guilds. Kerry has also held senior in-house positions at City University London, where she was Head of Communications & Events, the Department for Work and Pensions as Head of PR, and Lloyds TSB Foundations as Head of Information and Communications. Kerry holds the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma.
Since co-founding Black Letter Communications in 2011, Kerry has built a specialism in helping law firms and their clients develop media strategies in support of their cases. She has particular experience with inquests and cases heard at the High Court and the Supreme Court. She asks insightful and difficult questions to determine the right strategy and tactics to effectively deliver the best story.
Clients benefit from Kerry’s expansive media knowledge and praise Kerry for her ability to grasp key legal arguments and complete control when dealing with the media.
Outside work, Kerry enjoys baking, watching Coronation Street and supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Neil is a highly experienced and award-winning legal journalist who provides clients of Black Letter Communications with expert, strategic insight into the legal market, help in crafting their messages in the best way to attract the interest of the media, and top-quality editorial support.
Neil is a qualified solicitor and has been a legal journalist for more than 20 years. He is the founder and editor of Legal Futures, a news-driven website providing market intelligence for law firms of the future. He is a recognised market commentator on ABSs, legal regulation and the future of the market. He also runs Litigation Futures, the first independent website dedicated to costs, funding and the Jackson reforms.
In 2014, he won the Legal Journalism of the Year award at the Halsbury Legal Awards.
Neil has freelanced for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian and The Times. Formerly deputy editor of the Law Society Gazette, he was also the editor of the award-winning CILEx Journal, for which he was shortlisted for Editor of the Year (business and professional magazines, non-weekly) by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2009.
Neil has a critical eye for detail and readily advises on what won’t make a news story; clients also benefit from his wide knowledge of what is going on in the market.
Outside work, Neil supports Luton Town attending home and away matches with his son and daughter (when she gets off Instagram).
Clare has worked as a journalist, in a PR agency and in-house. She has twice started press offices from scratch, and also led marketing at a global accountancy firm.
Clare first worked with Kerry, as a colleague, and Neil, as a media contact, in a professional services PR agency in the 1990s. She then led the CIPFA press office, bringing the function in-house and working directly with the chief executive and directors. Clare moved to EY, where she relaunched the UK financial services sector media relations function before moving into the global media relations team. She then led the EMEIA insurance marketing function at EY.
Clare joined Black Letter Communications in May 2015 and acts as deputy in Kerry’s absence. When not at work Clare enjoys reading, holidays and keeping up with her micro-scooter mad son.
Louise has over 15 years’ experience working on PR and communications for professional services organisations, both agency side and in-house. Throughout her career she has advised law firms, barristers’ sets and legal associations on PR strategy, and for eight years was responsible for PR at City law firm FieldFisher, building its media profile and managing internal communications.
Louise is experienced in managing communications around business change, including merger discussions, management restructures and new office openings and has handled press interest in high profile court cases and inquiries. Additionally, Louise has undertaken a range of thought leadership campaigns, written successful award entries and overseen the legal directories process. She joined Black Letter Communications as a consultant in May 2014.
Louise has particular strengths in inquest reporting, advising on national news approaches and getting to the heart of client issues.
In her spare time, Louise enjoys visiting art galleries, catching up on comedy programmes and finding ways to entertain her three year-old.
Emma joined Black Letter Communications straight from Leeds University in summer 2015. She works with the consultants behind the scenes helping out with reports, research, our website and handling relationships with our suppliers. Emma likes to keep everyone in check and updated on the latest bars, restaurants and music.