Lee Kirby – Director

I am a highly regarded Practice Director with over 30 years’ experience in managing finance and business operations within law firms. Having worked with some of the world’s largest and most prestigious corporate US law firms, as well as regional and elite private client firms, I have an excellent understanding of how law firms of all sizes operate. In addition to my years of experience, I hold the following qualifications/certifications:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians – Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – Advanced Diploma in People Management and Development
  • Institute of Legal Finance and Management – Diploma in Legal Cashiering
  • PRINCE2 – Project Management Practitioner Certified
  • IOSH – Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – Managing Safely Certification
  • Certificate in Civil Litigation Procedure

I have a proven track record in planning and delivering successful projects and decided to set up Chrysalis Law Firm Consultants to help firms achieve their business objectives by maximising efficiency and improving profitability.  Chrysalis Law Firms Consultants offer an affordable tailored solution to suit a firm’s requirements and budget.

I provide practical advice on how to manage businesses more effectively and fully manage projects and day to day operations by putting strategies in place which deliver results. My objective is to take the stress out of day to day practice management, leaving the partners free to focus on their clients and cases.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Finance and Accounting (including COFA)
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Operations
  • Health and Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Risk and Compliance

I aim to build strong and lasting relationships, becoming a trusted partner who is invested in helping firms achieve their business goals. If you have an area of business that requires specialist attention, contact me today for a free initial consultation.

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With Over 30 Years Experience

Practice Management Services

I have directly managed Finance, HR, Operations, Property Management, IT and Risk and Compliance in my roles as Director of Administration in a large prestigious US corporate firm, and as Practice Director in regional and elite private client firms.  I have extensive hands on operational experience and therefore I am well placed to assist firms in the day to day running of their practice.  I can provide assistance to firms by fulfilling a variety of roles on an ad hoc or regular part time basis as well as providing interim cover.

Type of roles fulfilled:

  • Practice Manager/Director
  • Office Manager
  • Finance Manager/Controller
  • HR Manager
  • Compliance Manager
  • Facilities Manager

Types of assistance provided:

  • For a fixed number of day(s) per week or month
  • Cover during busy periods or emergency situations
  • Financial month end or year end assistance
  • Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Leave cover
  • During periods of transformation
  • Interim cover whilst recruiting new or replacement hires

Project Management

Law firms often face challenges due to inefficient work practices and systems.  Assisting clients in achieving operational improvements through project management is central to what Chrysalis Law Firm Consultants do.  As an experienced PRINCE2 qualified Project Manager, I plan and manage projects in all operational areas to successful completion.

Examples of successfully completed projects:

  • Technology upgrades
  • Review and audit of HR, Finance, Health & Safety and Risk and Compliance
  • Finance and Practice Management system implementations
  • Office fit out and relocation
  • Department(s) set up
  • Outsourcing of business operations
  • Lexcel Accreditation
  • Design and implementation of firm’s intranet

Management Consultancy

As a business professional with extensive experience working within law firms, I am accustomed to working closely with partners and senior management to assess an organisation from different business perspectives.  Through careful risk and strategic planning, as well as operational performance improvement and management, I am able to achieve successful business transformation.

With day to day hands on operational experience as well as being qualified in Finance, Human Resources, Project Management and Health & Safety, I am able to provide expert professional advice to firms on all operational areas including.

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Operations
  • Property Management
  • Health & Safety

I am passionate about change, highly enthusiastic and experienced in presenting detailed analysis to aid senior management to make informed decisions about operational and strategic improvements. Whether you are looking for advice on a particular matter, or require longer term support, Chrysalis Law Firm Consultants have a solution for you.

I can provide expert advice on any aspect of the following matters:

  • Operational management
  • Outsourcing of business services
  • Review of policies, procedures and operations manuals
  • Internal audit of procedures and controls
  • Mentoring and coaching of management teams
  • Start-ups
  • Business growth or consolidation
  • Strategic planning


Phone Number:  +44 (0)203 633 9373
Address:  Located in Central London