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About Us

ned Legal, not your typical virtual non-executive director – we do things differently.

ned Legal have unrivalled experience in governance, risk, compliance and legal services markets. Who the players are; market sizes, trends, benchmarks, M&A, and project investments. 

We don’t do ’emperor’s clothes’. We tell it straight.  

We’re not lawyers. We’re not accountants or IFAsbut we have been where you are and we’re here to help you rely on the hard facts.  We’ve built companies from scratch, grown small ones into big ones, acquired, been acquired, and managed everything from professional adviser engagements to EU Competition Commission negotiations.

Our knowledge and experience in the corporate financial sector is as good as any, but we’re the only ones who give marketing, operations and line director experience the lead.. We’re happy to share that so you can make the best decisions for your circumstances. And don’t worry, confidentiality is in our DNA.

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Keeping the playing fields level in legal, safety and compliance services markets for over 30 years.

Services And Support

NED has been delivering the definitive Market Due Diligence insights for Governance, Regulatory, Compliance and Legal Services markets in the UK for over 30 years.  

We’ve built what is quite simply the best data set on GRC suppliers in the UK. 

These are not 3-5 year snapshots or credit report selections, but 30 years of real insight and intelligence continuously re-assessed, revised and kept up-to-date.  We track every company in your market, then brick-build the hard economics so you can see the real lie of the land. 

Supply-side and CMA economic disciplines underpin everything we do. Companies stand on our benchmarks intelligence.


Weekly Market Intelligence

Weekly updates straight to your inbox. In-depth and informative real time insight. Market strategies, ops and tactics explained through real examples of teams making real plays right now.

Due Diligence

A vast amount of data and economic analysis boiled down to accessible charts, benchmarks and key lessons on pricing, M&A benchmarks and long term trends.

Real-time Project

Know what buyers fear, what sellers miss and learn how to deliver deals that are truly win-win. Take the lessons of enterprise value into all of its operational implications.

The Keys to Successful Negotiations

Know more than they do

Is a firm doing well in a tough segment or catching an easy ride? How many others do what they do they way they do it? Don’t expect a 3 year history (or projection) to tell you anything meaningful. What 3 issues most affect the ‘anchor’ number that make a  deal possible or not? Which two benchmarks demonstrate why they’re different and desirable, and what implications are there for integration going forward?

Timing and targeting beats dressing.

Most firms already know who they need to buy or who they should sell to (or they damn well should do). Buyers know that sellers only sell when they’re tired or can’t face the next hill alone. Dressing a business and hoping for the best is a mugs game; the best buyers hate ‘dressed’ prospects and often won’t even deal with brokers accordingly. Auctions are the poor relation of sweetheart and limited prospect deals. Canny buyers only play them to edge the price up to painful levels for others.

Chemistry closes deals, not tactics or structures.

Finding companies that do X or Y is never the problem. Understanding why they do what they do, how they’re different, and the challenges they’ve overcome is just the starting point. Without real respect for the entrepreneur and their contribution, the deal will always founder in due diligence. What makes great line directors great can make them a real liability in M&A, both in negotiation and implementations.

Expect to be let down; change scares and money excites.

There’s a balance to be struck between devising post completion implementations and raiding the kitchen. You won’t learn everything you need, but if you don’t know what to ask (and when); you shouldn’t be there in the first place. Very occasionally there are liars and idiots in play. Don’t let confidentiality protocols  stop you asking the people you need to talk to sensitive questions. 

Advisors advise; principals act.

Lawyers and accountants break deals, they don’t make them. Buyers need focused due diligence drilling into the core risks. Sellers hate teams of accountants swarming over data asking damn fool questions. Principals and negotiators must ensure they’ve paid enough into the trust and empathy account up front, as the formal due diligence process will (and should) test it, often to destruction.

GDPR and Privacy Policy

European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)

The EU GDPR is designed to help all of us have more control over our personal data, and how is it used.

Who does the information GDPR apply to?

Data subjects, being all visitors and users of any website who are members of the European Union, and therefore who submit personal data. [replace name]  is the data processor and data controller of this site. You can find out more about this law here.

Privacy Policy

Effective from 25th May, 2018

This Privacy Policy sets out how we use and protect information that you may provide when you use this website.  Your privacy is protected and important to us. If you provide identifiable personal information it will only be used to help us fulfil your project requirements.

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We may update this policy periodically, please check this page to ensure that you are in agreement with any changes.

What We Collect

Personal information, basically any data that can be used to identify or contact you is collected so we can service your requirements.  This could include your name, business name, address details, email, telephone numbers, or information pertaining to your exhibition stand requirements. You may also at times be asked to leave a message about your enquiry or project brief. Websites also collect your IP address through the use of Cookies (find out more about cookies below).

If you opted-in to our mailing list, you may receive occasional emails on important updates or service information. You have the right to opt-out or and have any personal details removed at any time, please email [replace email address]

What We Do With The Information We Collect

Information is saved until the enquiry is dealt with, and then archived with the project or on cloud based systems if you are an ongoing client. We also retain your contact details and information in the emails you have sent, but you can request to have your personal details deleted at any time.

We will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your express permission, or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you relevant information about services we offer, or information you need as part of the services we offer.

Data Security

In our continued commitment to ensuring that your information is secure and to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures in place to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

  • Data is stored on a secure cloud-based server or on a secure, password protected computer with limited user access.
  • Sending information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data while it’s in transit. Any data you send is at your own risk.
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Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

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  • You may request details of personal information which we hold about you.
  • If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to, or email us as soon as possible at [replace email address]  We will promptly correct any information.

Google Analytics

User and Event Data Retention

User-level and event-level data associated with Google Analytics cookies is retained for 14 months and then automatically deleted.

IP Anonymization

I have implemented IP Anonymization, simply put, the last three digits of your IP address are set to zeros in memory shortly after being sent to the Analytics Collection Network. The full IP address is never retained, or written to disk.


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