Last updated on July 14th, 2019 at 07:50 pm
Jonathan himself qualified as a solicitor in 2006 after having been sponsored by, and trained at, the leading international City law firm Clyde & Co. He then worked in the City for a few more years before joining a regional firm in 2009 when he started to work almost exclusively for owner managed small business clients.
The Jonathan Lea Network was launched at the start of 2013 as a law blog and legal consultancy providing corporate and commercial legal services to both law firms and clients directly through Jonathan’s service company. It was set up because Jonathan always wanted to run his own law practice and his years spent working at both big and small law firms combined with an interest in technology meant he could see more and more ways that things could be done better.
We started with no capital and Jonathan working from a laptop in his sitting room and sometimes a quiet corner of a local pub in Dulwich for the first year of trading. We have been cash flow positive and profitable from day one, carefully reinvesting in the business as we go along.
Since the start we’ve built an on demand team of trusted self-employed lawyers we can rely on and grown a loyal client base both throughout the UK and around the world. Being able to generate decent work from our website and with meetings becoming an increasing rarity, at the beginning of 2015 we moved outside of London to base ourselves in rural Mid-Sussex.
Regarding the website itself, we continue to get some great feedback for the content we post which as of May 2017 attracts over 250,000 page views a year. In June 2019 we launched an e-commerce store for legal template documents and guidelines so that we can share and monetise our know how with a wider customer base.
Since we started we have acted for over 300 clients, although we have also successfully referred many more matters to other solicitors, barristers, accountants and other professionals
After moving into an office in October 2017 and starting to employ people our turnover tripled over the course of 2018. In April 2019 we finally became a stand-alone and independently regulated law firm and moved to a bigger office. We continue to grow our retained team of fee earners in Haywards Heath, as well as our wider network of specialist self-employed solicitors who work seamlessly with us on a remote and flexible basis.
Why ‘The Jonathan Lea Network’?
Jonathan was struggling to think of a name, but wanted something original and authentic so seeing that business ultimately boils down to individuals and the quality of their networks he chose the eponymous ‘The Jonathan Lea Network’. The ‘name is on the door’ as it were and this reflects an ambition to create both a highly trusted and enduring brand which the founder doesn’t ever intend to walk away from.
The name also ultimately reflects a belief that business is about cultivating relationships, connecting with people and building networks rather than looking for work per se. Jonathan was an early adopter of the main social media platforms and has since become known as one of the most connected lawyers in the world. This has allowed Jonathan to find and follow the best people, access their insight and know how and leverage the strength of his relationships to solve problems and add value.
Also, over the years we have built up a network of trusted self-employed lawyers and small law firms we work with who have different specialisms and are experienced at meeting the demands of small businesses.