The Team

Meet the founders of Lawthority. We come from varying professional backgrounds, each specialising in areas of accounting, marketing, project management, process and business improvement, IT development and law.

Our entire team is dedicated to helping members of the legal sector come together to nurture and develop a new working ecosystem encouraging innovation and growth.

Alex Cowan-Sanluis


Alex has an entrepreneurial tech background, having co-founded two companies which are in operation today. He has built a successful fintech platform for IFAs that helps manage £250M+ while also launching a consumer facing personal finance app, allowing people to do everything from opening ISAs and pensions to getting mortgage or insurance products.

Prior to this, Alex opened the EMEA and APAC offices for a US cybersecurity company, helping to establish the company internationally. He is a graduate of Imperial College Business School. He is keen to develop the synergies between the legal and financial sectors and to help the company develop its technology platforms.

Xavier Rodriguez

Business Development Manager

Xavier has worked in the legal sector and in financial services for more than 15 years.

He has a wealth of experience in developing new business models for the legal sector and successfully implementing the processes, teams and relationships required to both acquire the volume of cases needed and to deliver (cost) effective management from start to finish.

As a Business Development Manager of the Company, he will take responsibility for business development, including case acquisition, and for process design and implementation.

Andrew Neal

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew spent 15 years working in finance roles for Unilever. After that he was CFO and COO for Lancaster University where he oversaw one of the biggest investment programs in the Higher Education sector re defining the Lancaster University Financial Strategy.

As part of a small senior group, Andrew led strategy development for the University, helping to establish Lancaster in the top 10 Universities in the UK.

Andrew has a deep working knowledge in complex organisations in both the private and “not for profit” sectors (including the Legal Sector). Andrew will act as CFO for the Company.

Oliver Grills


Oliver has been a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants for more than 10 years. Having trained and qualified in Liverpool, he was appointed partner in 2005 and now runs his own practice with offices in Southport and Lancaster.

He has worked extensively with a variety of business types as both Statutory Auditor and business advisor and has particular experience within legal and professional services firms and within the financial services sector.