Lesley is the founder/director of Hong Kong-based legal consulting and recruitment firm Red Pillar Consulting Limited. Lesley started her legal career in London and qualified as a solicitor in 1996. She is a German speaker and specialized in Jewish-German restitution work during her two-year training contract. She has also worked as in-house counsel for leading merchant banking group Rothschild and specialist legal recruiter for FTSE 250 listed recruitment services company Hays Plc.
Lesley relocated to Hong Kong with work in August 2007 and began working in the “flexible lawyering space” in May 2013. She was instrumental in setting up the Hong Kong office of Lawyers on Demand (LOD), which grew, from the ground up, into a multi-million US dollar business within less than five years. She then set up her own legal solutions business which got acquired by an Anglo-American legaltech group within 12 months of commencing operations. In February 2022, Lesley founded Red Pillar and manages an international client base of financial services groups, multi-national corporations and professional services firms.
When she is not talking to lawyers, Lesley spends her time outrigger canoeing, being chief slave to a boisterous beagle and two ginger ninja cats and honing her fiction writing skills. She is at the first-draft stages of what she hopes will be her debut novel. Lesley joined WiPS in 2017 and has had pieces published in the 19th and 20th issues of Imprint.