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).
Lizzie has nearly 10 years’ experience in corporate, financial and professional services public relations roles, both in-house and agency side. Prior to joining Black Letter Communications in May 2017 Lizzie had spent a number of years working in-house at international law firm Bird & Bird where she was responsible for the creation and delivery of their UK PR programme.
Lizzie is experienced in devising and implementing strategic and targeted PR campaigns for clients, as well as raising both corporate and individual spokesperson profiles and content creation for both internal and external channels.
In her spare time, Lizzie works as a freelance photographer and likes to spend as much time in Cornwall as possible.
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.
Currently on maternity leave
Nicola is a former journalist and editor (Times, Evening Standard, Telegraph) who turned her skills to media relations and PR. She is passionate about translating complicated subject matter into accessible, fascinating stories for a wide audience. Once a sub-editor on the Telegraph’s City Desk and the Arts section of the Evening Standard, she believes strongly in the power of beautifully-written, concise copy. Formerly news editor at the Natural History Museum and SciDev.com, she moved into legal PR two years ago, working for Fieldfisher on personal injury and medical negligence stories for the national press.
She combines her experience as a journalist with her understanding of what clients need to get the best coverage in the national and local press and on TV and radio. She also teaches workshops on writing better online content.
Isabel is an experienced Personal Assistant and administrator. She has worked for arts and creative organisations as well as for corporate companies and private sole employers. Isabel is also a skilled freelance copywriter, writing detailed, specialised copy and content for a variety of clients. In addition, Isabel has won numerous awards as a screenwriter and filmmaker; a creative passion that she works on in her downtime.