ILFS is proud to be a wholly virtual company

We have embraced modern technology to allow all the team to work from separate locations, log on to a shared server and access software tools that we have purchased and developed. This enables us to deliver our services in a high quality, timely and cost effective manner.  In particular the flexibility this gives to our team, many of whom work on a freelance basis, enables us to attract people of the highest quality.   

The team includes 4 qualified solicitors and nearly all of the team have worked in leading law firms and the professional services sector, many at a senior level.  As a result we understand both the culture and professional and ethical requirements of the legal profession.

Introducing the Team - in order of arrival:

Alex Holtum

Alex Holtum


Alex is the Director of International Law Firm Solutions and ILFS Media Buying.

He practised as a solicitor in the UK for 15 years. During that time he worked for Freshfields for 2 years, Reed Smith Richards Butler for 4 years and was a partner at DLA Piper for 5 years. After obtaining an MBA from one of Europe's leading business schools he became a director/internal consultant of the co-ordination and support centre for Ernst & Young's international network of law firms. This consisted of over 3,000 lawyers and 50 law firms in as many countries. Alex founded ILFS in 2005.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Sheffield, holds a post-graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Sue Cunliffe


Sue is a Customer Relations Manager in the Directory Submissions Team.  

She has been working for ILFS since it began.  Prior to this, Sue worked in the support team for DLA for three years. She has also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and HSBC. She is a graduate in Law from the London School of Economics and speaks fluent Spanish and a little French.

Abbie Goldstone


Abbie is a Directory Submissions Editor in the Directory Submissions Team.

Abbie previously worked for 6 years as a solicitor for the London firm Lawrence Graham in its Commerce and Technology team, specialising in commercial contracts, IP, technology and outsourcing.  She is a History graduate of Liverpool University and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Law as well as a Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.

Penelope Fearn


Penelope is the Operations Manager and is also a Directory Submissions Editor for ILFS

After graduating from the University of Manchester and qualifying as a solicitor, Penelope worked as a solicitor in private practice for a number of years. She then changed direction, taking up a position in the public sector with the Legal Services Commission. After working as an auditor and legal caseworker, she gained experience in operational management, and moved on to run a national multi-million pound financial recovery project.


Karen Tomlinson

Karen Tomlinson works as both a director of ILFS and a member of the Accounts team. She is a graduate in Mathematics from Sheffield University. Prior to joining in ILFS Karen worked for HSBC

Vikki Copeland


Vikki is a Customer Relations Manager in the Directory Submissions Team. 

Having graduated with a Law degree, she pursued a career managing cases in multi disciplinary High Street Law firms and went on to account manage across four Barclays sites.

Vikki also has over 7 years of administrational experience acting as a Personal assistant to the Managing Director of a successful retail outlets. 

Nick Palin


Nick Palin  is a chartered accountant (FCA) with experience across all areas of financial control.  Having trained with Price Waterhouse he then moved into Management Accounting roles with several companies and subsequently became Group Finance Director for a plc. Nick supports ILFS and other businesses in his capacity as an 8020 Finance Director.

Lisa Bates


Lisa is a Directory Submissions Editor in the Directory Submissions Team.  

She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP in 2005 and enjoyed her role as an IP lawyer and then a family lawyer for 4 years.  Lisa then moved into the education sector in 2009, teaching prospective Barristers written skills on the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School. 

Amy Snow


Amy Snow works for ILFS as a virtual assistant. Prior to taking up this role she worked in a support function for Ernst & Young

Penelope Morgan


Penelope is a Customer Relations Manager in the Directory Submissions Team.

With a background working in IT and degrees in both Psychology and Engineering, Penelope has worked in customer facing and communication roles for Universities (Sheffield and Liverpool) and Industry.  

Alex Kaminsky


Alex runs the ILFS Media Buying & Support Service.

An English graduate, he began his career with business and professional information publishing firm, AP Information Services, where he was an editor, marketeer and associate publisher. For 10 years he ran his own prosperous publishing, marketing and PR business and latterly has worked for Wolters Kluwer and Thomson Reuters in legal publishing roles.

Alex has done most jobs in publishing and his particular strengths are in the financial, medical and legal sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.