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Elaine joined Ridley & Hall in May 2004 and was the first Practice Manager recruited by the firm. Elaine has over 18 years’ experience in the legal sector in both financial and practice management roles. Prior to joining Ridley & Hall, Elaine was employed by two Bedfordshire law firms who undertook both public and private law. These were very different law practices and allowed Elaine to gain a wide knowledge of the legal sector.
Elaine’s current role as Finance Manager means that she is involved in all aspects of financial management to support the partners in assessing business performance, KPIs and profitability analysis. Elaine took on the new role of COFA in 2013 (Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration). This is a new role established by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and she is responsible for ensuring that the practice is fully compliant with all SRA rules in regard to financial management.
Elaine started her career in the retail sector working for Marks and Spencer PLC after graduation from Durham University. She worked as a commercial store manager for several years before a move to their London head office to undertake audit and finance roles in their financial services division.
In her free time, Elaine enjoys studying European languages (currently Spanish), pilates, cinema and theatre, travelling and entertaining family and friends. After all those years working in the retail sector, she enjoys retail therapy and can be often found as an early bird shopper at the summer and new year sales! Never one to miss a bargain!