Meet The Team
Supporting our community of outstanding freelance talent, the Vario team are here to build and facilitate successful assignments, day in day out. Working closely with partners and relationship managers at Pinsent Masons, they deliver the services you’d expect from the leading global provider of flexible law firm-led solutions.
Services and Sectors
Managing Director of Vario
Matthew is responsible for the strategic direction, management and growth of Vario. He has significant experience in the professional services sector, having previously worked internationally for a global management consulting organisation, specialising in major business process outsourcing (BPO) projects. Matthew is passionate about how the Vario approach solves real business problems for some of the world’s leading organisations, and offers alternative working patterns to talented legal professionals. Matthew enjoys the humbling experience of being beaten at golf by his children on a Saturday afternoon at the local club!
Managing Director of Vario - Asia
Kirsty is responsible for Vario’s operations across Asia and the growth of the business in the region. She possesses significant experience in this field and is a pioneer of alternative legal services in Asia as co-founder of an international ALSP business in the region and was the Managing Director there for over 8 years. Kirsty has lived and worked in Asia for fifteen years and is passionate about the culture and history of the region. To relax, Kirsty enjoys Muay Thai boxing, yoga and both playing and listening to music.
Head of Account Management, UK
Geraldine leads the operational fulfilment for Vario on all client related work. She is heavily involved in the overall strategy and growth plans for Vario and draws upon her extensive experience in our client management team. Having started her career as a contentious construction lawyer, Geraldine has been with Vario for four years, experiencing our clients’ challenges first-hand and supporting our lawyers to deliver world-class client service. In her spare time (not much of that when you’re a mum to three young children) she loves catching up with friends, baking and going to the theatre. She harbours a secret desire to tread the boards herself, so watch this space!
Head of Energy
Based in Aberdeen, Roger is responsible globally for developing Vario’s hub and service offering within the Energy sector, demonstrating our commitment this industry. A retired Partner and former Head of Pinsent Masons’ Aberdeen office, Roger has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, working internationally in the Energy sector. He has acted for UK, foreign oil service companies and independent E&P companies, and also has significant expertise in sector-specific intellectual property matters. Commended in the 2017 and 2018 editions of both Chambers and Legal 500 whilst still practising, Roger is also involved in the work of the Law department at the University of Aberdeen and is a former President of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen. He is also a trustee for the Robert Gordon University Foundation. Roger is an avid student of Scottish history and loves all manner of outdoor sports – perfect for the Scottish weather!
Head of BD & Marketing
Adam is responsible for the continued growth of Vario through communications, marketing and strategic initiatives. He champions the benefits of the Vario offering to our clients, working closely with all Pinsent Masons departments. Adam has worked in a variety of human resources and business development roles in a combination of start-up organisations, FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies, both internationally and in the UK. When he’s not spreading the word of Vario, he enjoys walking his dog, live music, cycling and playing his guitar – badly!
Co-Founder Vario Germany
Stephan previously qualified and worked as a lawyer with a leading international law firm and was a member of the management committee of a big media company. He headed an international investment fund, is active as an entrepreneur in Switzerland and co-founded Xenion Legal. Now part of Vario working for our Germany office, Stephan is responsible for liaising with clients to help solve their resourcing challenges. In his spare time Stephan enjoys all kinds of cycling and is an active sailor.
Co-Founder Vario Germany
Carsten has over 20 years’ experience in international law firms and legal departments. He is a pioneer of alternative legal services in Germany and founder of a leading ALSP business in the country and was the CEO there for over 8 years. Carsten previously served as Head of External and Governmental Affairs team in Europe for a major car manufacturer where he also established the legal department for the DACH region and was Chief Legal Adviser on a complex reorganisation project. Before that, Carsten was working as a lawyer with Magic Circle and Silver Circle firms in London, Brussels and Germany. Away from work, Carsten enjoys singing, playing music, family life and spending time in Italy.
Co-Founder Vario Germany
After qualifying as a lawyer and working for a Magic Circle firm, Severin moved to work for a leading global software company for 12 years and held the position as an Assistant General Counsel. He then headed the Legal, Government Affairs and Compliance department in Germany and later, Central & Eastern Europe. In his spare time, he is a rock music veteran and passionate about his motorbikes.
Having spent over a decade working in international legal recruitment, Tom has wide-ranging experience of recruiting lawyers at all levels into private practice and in-house roles. As a member of the all-star Vario Account Management team, Tom meets and interviews candidates, and liaises with clients to deliver the right Vario solution. Tom is dedicated to ensuring that the process of recruiting talented lawyers into Vario assignments is as smooth and supportive as possible. Away from work, Tom loves spending time with his young family and watching the occasional game of rugby (when not ferrying his daughters between dance classes).
Like many of our Account Managers, Ed started his career as a lawyer, qualifying in 2009 and specialising in litigation. He later moved into legal recruitment where he worked for an international PLC placing lawyers at all levels into private practice and in-house roles. As part of the Vario Account Management team, Ed meets and interviews candidates and manages relationships with clients to ensure the process is both efficient and fruitful. Outside of work Ed is a big sports fan and tries to get out on the golf course or tennis court as often as his wife and young children allow.
Karishma works from our Hong Kong office as Vario Account Director, building great relationships with our clients and helping them to rethink the way in which they engage with their legal services providers. Having worked in the NewLaw space for several years, Karishma has great knowledge of the legal landscape in Asia and helping to build Vario’s reputation in the region. Outside of work, Karishma, she can be found in a spin or boxing class, playing with her kids or baking a new recipe.
Account Director - Australia
Paul has been sourcing talent within the Australian legal industry for over 10 years. He has advised major private and public companies on graduate recruitment best practice through to firm mergers. He believes in a consultative approach to fulfilling client needs and is heavily committed to best practice in interviewing candidates and finding the right fit. As a Vario Account Director in Australia he is responsible for ensuring our clients receive the world-leading service they have come to expect from Pinsent Masons. Outside of work he is a tone-deaf musician (not a good combination) and desperately tries to fit Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training between ferrying his kids around.
Kate spent 10 years as an employment lawyer before moving into legal recruitment and then joining Vario. Her career to date has given Kate an excellent understanding of the legal profession and recruitment within the sector. Kate understands the demands and challenges facing clients and lawyers and uses her experience to help balance the needs of both. Kate employs these skills on a day-to-day basis interviewing candidates, managing and building our client relationships and overseeing assignments. Kate enjoys getting to know our lawyers and clients to fully understand their needs and motivations, always striving to ensure the right fit. Kate was seconded to Singapore to help establish the Vario offering in APAC and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a new culture and working in a different country. Kate brings that experience back to the UK helping to connect our ever growing worldwide Vario offering. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, travelling (a highlight of her time in APAC being visiting the Great Wall of China) and yoga.
Head of People Solutions
Britta started her career as lawyer in the HR Department of an international corporation, later moving into legal recruiting. She has broad expertise in human resources and almost 20 years of experience in the area of People Solutions. Having deep knowledge of the consulting market, Britta enjoys meeting our lawyers and managing relationships with clients to design and implement client-specific people solutions. Having served as In-House Counsel and Head of People Solutions roles previously, Britta is also best placed to resolve any German employment law and other regulation issues. Away from work, Britta is a passionate skier (heli-skiing in Whistler/Canada on top of her bucket list), and enjoys spending time with her family as well as travelling. She also loves to relax with a good book in her hands.
Lyndsey started out her career in investment banking before graduating from law school and embarking on a career in law. She developed a wealth of experience in domestic and international business development, strategic planning, and client relationship management in a number of Magic Circle law firms, before joining us at Vario. Lyndsey is responsible for the efficient coordination of Vario assignments, management of excellent client relationships, and the ongoing delivery of outstanding service. In her spare time, in between running around after her young son, she loves socialising, cooking and threatening to tick off an extensive bucket list. Items so far include learning Italian, running a marathon and writing a novel!
Lindsy has spent the last ten years working in international recruitment, placing candidates in the banking and legal fields. She has extensive experience in placing paralegals and lawyers in to private practice and in-house positions, on both permanent and contract positions. Lindsy works within the Vario Account Management team in London and is responsible for interviewing candidates, coordinating their assignments and managing relationships with clients. Outside of work Lindsy is a keen foodie, and loves cooking and sampling new restaurants in London. She keeps active by trekking up mountains!
Before joining Vario, James spent 20 years working for an international recruitment business, with nine years focused upon placing lawyers into the financial services sector. At Vario, James is responsible for supporting the firm and our clients in assessing, identifying and successfully delivering the best specialist legal resource available. During his career, James has worked on a wide range of specialist, as well as generalist mandates. When outside of the office, James enjoys attending both art and history exhibitions as well as tending to his blooms in his small but perfectly formed garden.
Account Manager - Australia
Greg was an employment and litigation lawyer in New Zealand, before becoming a legal recruiter in Sydney in 2005. The relationships, experience, and networks he has developed in Australia help attract Varios to our hub, and in matching them to specific assignments. His goal is to deliver outcomes that practically meet the needs of both the Vario and our clients. Greg, his partner and Australian Bulldog, Lincoln, live on the Central Coast, just north of Sydney. They all try not to whinge too much about the weather and lack of off-leash dog parks.
Account Manager - Australia
Jerome has twelve years’ experience working in the legal industry across Europe and Australia. First, as a commercial lawyer where he created an awarded department focusing on foreign direct investment; and for which he was appointed to an economic advisory position with the French government. He subsequently transitioned into law firm business development specialising in strategic planning and account management. Jerome has extensive experience in client engagement and legal service delivery, having supported leading organisations across many sectors and industries. As part of the Vario account management team, Jerome grows and builds longstanding relationships with the Vario clients by delivering tailored flexible legal resourcing solutions. Outside work Jerome is a competitive runner and is the head coach of a performance running club in Sydney.
Gavin has spent the last 14 years working as a lawyer, holding management positions at several national law firms. Specialising in insurance litigation and commercial insurance, Gavin has gained significant experience in process efficiency, client relationship management, and management information & reporting, all of which he brings to his role with Vario leading our stellar Operations team. Outside of work, Gavin enjoys relaxing with his young family and is a passionate snooker player, although he won’t be giving up the day job quite yet…!
Business Development Manager
Maurice is responsible for building strategic relationships with client and has worked in the legal financial services sector for much of his career in client management and business development roles. He has a wealth of experience of building strong business relationships with global and international banking institutions. He focuses on strategies that deliver cost effective outcomes for clients in a way that works for them to build mutually beneficial outcomes. Away from the office he is a keen mountain-biker so often covered in cuts and bruises.
Senior Contracts Lawyer
Louise is a commercial contracts lawyer and is responsible for all legal matters affecting Vario. Louise has previously worked as a solicitor both in-house and in private practice, including being a member of the TMT team at Pinsent Masons for a number of years. Louise made the move into freelancing in early 2013 and successfully combined life as a Vario with looking after her three young children. With her children now a bit older and feeling ready for a new challenge, Louise has now joined the Vario team where she is able to draw on her first-hand experience when advising the business. In her spare time Louise enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going for long walks with the family’s Cocker Spaniel.
Vario Mobilisation Manager
Kat works within Vario in a project management capacity based in Glasgow, joining the team in December 2019. She has a background in change management and continuous improvement, and is responsible for the successful implementation of Vario related projects. Kat’s background is in Utilities and more recently Financial Services, in particular later life planning. In her spare time, Kat enjoys going for walks around Scotland with her husband and labradoodle, travelling abroad, watching ice hockey and playing guitar.
Senior Account Executive
Prior to Vario, Rhys worked for three years within an international recruitment consultancy. In his role as Senior Account Executive, Rhys supports the Account Managers in coordinating assignments to deliver the right solution for clients and to ensure that our Varios are well looked after. Rhys is dedicated to ensuring the right fit is achieved for both Varios and clients and the assignment process is as smooth as possible. Outside of work, Rhys loves to travel (three more continents to go), cycling and playing the occasional game of tennis.
Senior Account Executive - Singapore
With 14 years of experience in client relationships, sales management, operations management and administrative support, Ima is part of the Vario Account Management team in the Asia region. When she’s not helping to place Varios or assessing client needs, Ima can be found tending to her many pets or entertaining her daughter. She also enjoys to travel and cycle.
Claire is responsible for managing our internal and external processes effectively and efficiently. Working closely with the Account Management team, Claire ensures that Varios have all the resources they need in order to be ‘assignment ready’ as quickly as possible. Out of the office, Claire enjoys catching up with friends, swimming and reading, when her young daughter’s schedule allows the time.
After graduating in Law, Keely has spent the last 10 years building her career in recruitment before finally joining Vario, where the two facets of her experience now merge into one. Within the Vario team, Keely is responsible for attracting the best and brightest legal professionals into the Vario community, working closely with the Account Management team to understand the skills and experience that our clients are asking for. In her spare time, Keely practices in the kitchen for the next series of Great British Bake Off, and is also an avid bookworm and movie buff.
Anwen has spent the past four and a half years working in recruitment, initially as a Researcher within a recruitment firm before moving in-house as a Recruitment Partner for a leading hospitality business. Her recruitment experience spans across multiple functions, disciplines and sectors within both the private and public sectors. As an Account Executive for Vario, Anwen is responsible for the identification, communication and placement of Varios into both Pinsent Masons and their Clients, ensuring the process runs smoothly and efficiently. Outside of work, Anwen likes to spend her time cooking, reading and planning her next holiday!
Dan graduated in law and before gaining a number of years’ experience as a legal recruiter, overseeing the recruitment of fee-earners at all levels into private practice and industry. Focusing predominantly on the oil and gas sector, Dan supports the account management team in providing a smooth and efficient service to both clients and Varios. Outside of work Dan enjoys reading and is also a big sports fan.
Having graduated in Law many moons ago and subsequently building a career in recruitment, Francesca has a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience developed over a number of years in the recruitment industry. Francesca has more recently specialised in recruitment within the Finance sector, however is keen to go back to her roots to help legal professionals and Vario clients to connect and work together effectively, whilst working collaboratively with the rest of the Vario team. In her spare time, Francesca attempts to keep fit by going to the gym as much as she can and also by walking her cairn terrier Archie regularly through the Scottish rain, hail, sleet and snow! Francesca also likes to sing in her spare time and is a member of a community choir in Glasgow.
Keeley has 5 years’ experience in recruitment within the Legal and Insurance industries both in the UK and Australia. She adopts a consultative approach to recruitment and enjoys finding the perfect fit for both the candidate and client. As a Vario Account Executive in Australia she will be responsible for consulting with Varios and clients in order to provide the perfect fit for both parties. She arrived in Australia on a 6 month working holiday 4 years ago, fell in love with the country, decided to stay and has explored most of Australasia since. She recently hot air ballooned over Melbourne CBD and is currently planning the next adventure.
Kwan has worked in marketing departments of various organisation in different sectors, helping to deliver marketing plans to promote their organisations and services effectively. He now works in the Vario team to help drive awareness and reputation of the service through its online and offline channels. Outside of work, as a new father, Kwan is usually trying to catch up on precious sleep when not worrying about his daughter.
Talent Engagement Executive
Uma is responsible for arranging Vario interviews and for ensuring that both internal and external Vario assignments are set up effectively. In addition, Uma provides support for all aspects of the Vario selection process and creates biographies for new Varios. In her spare time, Uma is a freelance photographer and has an impressive portfolio.
Joe has worked for Pinsent Masons over 15 years, having started her career in the Business Development team, moving to the Vario team in 2014 as Database Administrator working with the Operations team. Joe is now an Operations Executive who works closely with our Account Managers to ensure all Varios are compliant and all on boarding documentation is complete and up-to-date. She also creates biographies for our new Varios and manages the Vario database ensuring all records are maintained and accurate. Out of office activities include: firstly nurturing family, followed by social occasions, many holidays, boot-camp, yoga, bike-riding and walking the family dog, ‘Bella’.
Kuli manages the pre-offer application process, ensuring that candidates’ first initial interactions with Vario go as smooth as possible and doing her best to provide them with an excellent candidate experience; as well as managing stakeholder expectations. Kuli is responsible for arranging interviews both in the UK and globally and for ensuring that both internal and external Vario assignments are set up effectively. Outside of work, Kuli is a keen gym enthusiast, social butterfly and when she isn’t breaking a sweat; she is off booking her next travel destination or planning a party!
Vario Operations Executive, Finance
Katy is a Vario Team Assistant based in Birmingham. Katy spent 15 years working in Pinsent Masons’ Finance department, before joining the Vario team in 2015. Her role involves ensuring our Varios have the relevant equipment, logins and operational details when starting on a new assignment. Katy also looks after the financial side of Vario which includes recording Vario time and dealing with both Vario and client invoicing. Out of the office Katy helps run a dog training club and has a female German Shepherd which she is training to compete.
Personal Assistant to Director of Vario
Ros has dual responsibilities within Vario; the day-to-day management of the Director of Vario’s intensive schedule alongside her work as Vario coordinator where she assists with organising diaries, events and meetings.
Ros has extensive experience as a PA in the legal profession at several top 100 law firms, and recently joined the Vario team after working in the central management team at Pinsent Masons. Ros is an avid traveller and when not organising everyone in Vario, can be found in the most exotic places possible!
Sohaib is our first ever Vario Apprentice. He is responsible for processing new applications, arranging Psychometric testing and also provides support for all aspects of the Vario Selection process. He also works closely with other sectors of the Pinsent Masons team such as Finance and Marketing. In his spare time, Sohaib is into sports and gaming.