About Us

Who are NED Legal?

We help legal, safety and compliance consultancies ensure the playing fields are level. We understand competitive dynamics, M&A, business models and how hard economics drives your market. We offer the best market intelligence to all the players in the market – especially those betting their mortgage on it.

We’re not lawyers. We’re not accountants, or IFAs. We’re experienced line directors with unrivalled experience of organic and acquisitive growth in these B2B compliance markets. 

The company was founded by David Johnston 20 years ago: 

“We map these legal and compliance markets in ways no-one else can. Segmentations here are critical as industry rivalry is the dominant factor. Lawyers compete with consultancies who compete with surveyors who compete with software developers who compete with insurers who compete with trainers – there’s everything here from bankers to bookies. In a massive game of scissors/paper/stone like this, you need the best intel there is. That’s the confidence we can bring.”

The building blocks

David has worked at board level for Thomson Reuters, Wolters Kluwer/Croner, CCH, NatBrit, and the Practical Law Company (and is now CEO of RBP). He has taken teams from start-up to £2/3/4m, taken £2-4m teams to £65m (three times; twice organically), and £65m to £120m+. He has decades of experience as a strong operational executive director, MD and CEO in legal and compliance services businesses.

Uniquely he has built and run content, computing, and consulting businesses. He has managed both organic and acquisitive growth in consolidated, mature, new, and fragmented markets.

He also has unrivalled experience as a ‘buy-side’ specialist in M&A, having negotiated as principal the most deals in legal services content, computing and consulting businesses in the UK.

David Johnston

A New Type of Non-Exec

All the Boards we’ve worked with have valued the independence, honesty and insight we bring. It is based on the best market intelligence – the maps of how the markets really work. We don’t dabble and move on – we’ve been transforming and tracking these markets for over 35 years.

The M&A world will tell you the DCFs, econometrics, funding, etc are the hard part. They really aren’t. They’re as hard as you let the ‘suits’ make them. 

The result is NED Legal.

Our service is designed to ensure

(a) owner managers don’t have to risk diluting equity,

(b) you don’t have to run through the costs of new or adjusting shareholder agreements, and

(c) you can get ahead of the curve with better intel than the competitors, buyers and sellers in the market.

You have nothing to lose.

We’re here to help.

"If it's free - you're the product. (especially if it's lunch)".
We tell it straight.

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).

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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

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Controlling your personal information

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User and Event Data Retention

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IP Anonymization

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