21 Sussex Innovation Centre
University of Sussex
Science Park Square
0333 400 4499
Solicitor and Managing Director
President of The Sussex Law Society
I am one of the founding partners, and the managing director, of Cognitive Law. I have over 20 years of financial and contractual dispute resolution experience, 17 of those years as a qualified Solicitor. I have worked both in private practice as a litigation partner, employment solicitor and as in-house counsel.
My career has been one of firsts. The beginning of my career set the tone when I became the first ever trainee solicitor at Lloyds TSB Bank plc having put together a proposal of how to structure a training contract. That also rewarded me with sponsorship by the Bank to complete the LPC at the College of Law.
Another first was my appointment as the first in-house lawyer at the G2 Group, affording me a unique insight into the recruitment industry and invaluable hands-on experience.
My latest first has been setting up Cognitive Law as an ABS with my non-lawyer business partner, to re-think the delivery of legal services to corporate clients.
During my career I have: advised on contractual matters involving personal service companies, umbrella companies, RPOs, and payroll companies; acted for high street banks, asset based lenders, PLCs, limited companies, partnerships and sole traders; and handled a variety of disputes including contractual claims, financial services disputes, insolvency, invoice discounting and recruitment.
I specialise in providing commercial legal services to the recruitment sector and focus on a wide variety of contractual issues, prioritising dispute prevention before dispute resolution. My clients have round the clock access to partner level advice from a specialist in their sector who applies a practical and commercial approach to every case.
In cases where a dispute arises, I conduct the majority of my own advocacy in both the County Court and the High Court. My expertise extends from simple debt recovery to High Court litigation. I have been praised for my straightforward, no-nonsense approach to dispute resolution, as well as for the support that I provide to my clients.
I have designed a fixed fee debt recovery package for corporate clients which maximises recoverability and minimises costs. I have also written standardised document suites for general credit control and debt recovery, as well as bespoke credit management procedures for corporate clients.
I have drawn on my years of commercial, financial, and legal experience to provide cash flow management training via seminars and 1-to-1 sessions, guiding clients through the processes of constructing internal systems to maximise their profit.
When I’m not working I attempt to keep fit by running and going to the gym. Unfortunately, I usually negate all my best intentions, as I’m a social creature and like nothing more than spending time with my friends and family enjoying good food and fine wine!
"Lucy and her team were exceptional. They were intelligent, insightful and solved our issue with maximum effect. We would not hesitate to use them or recommend them to anyone. Thank you!"
"The Cognitive Law Team support you on every aspect of Law! Richard Bates and Lucy Tarrant in particular are "top shelf" in legal expertise, with empathy, professionalism with great confidence. I cannot recommend them highly enough to help with all business and personal related law matters. Commercially astute - they truly work with you and for you!"
"We have worked with Lucy Tarrant for a few years now. In a very David and Goliath fashion she has helped us (a small business) take big firms on and win. She is intelligent, measured, offers commercial advice. They are both reasonably priced and very friendly to work with. Noble Legal fully recommend these great lawyers and Cognitive as a law firm without hesitation."
"Lucy, currently works with our business to provide a range of commercial legal services. Her approach is conscientious, detailed and informative; she has been responsible for negotiating a number of commercial disputes to very successful outcomes for WBRS. Of all of the recruitment / legal representatives I have worked with in the last 20 years, I would recommend Lucy the most" -
Jason Addicott, Director at WBRS
"Lucy is an excellent Solicitor, who has carved a unique space within the world of recruitment. She is diligent, consciencious and always balanced in her advice. The RDLC works only with the principals of recruitment businesses and therefore our network needs to be very well informed. In this regard Lucy has delivered several Q&A sessions covering legislative changes effecting our industry, breaking the detail down into decipherable,digestible pieces that we can all absorb. Many of our members at the RDLC retain Lucy as their 'Legal Eagle' and they are always very keen to promote her services, which I believe speaks for itself."
Dean Kelly, Founder at RealiseMe
"I am recommending Lucy for her hard work, dedication to detail and person tailored service. It is never easy needing Lucy's service but she made me feel at ease and was in constant contact with me to make sure I knew what was going on. Lucy broke down everything I needed to know so I could understand in simple terms and was always pro-active. I would highly recommend Lucy for her work, her attitude and her kind nature."
Adam McAuley, Pyramid Recruitment Ltd
"Grafters have just used the services of Lucy Tarrant to resolve a contract dispute with one of our clients. Lucy made the whole process painless ,kept the costs to a reasonable level and achieved the perfect outcome . I would recommend Lucy and Cognitive Law to any recruitment agency or business that's needs help."
Nick Graff, Managing Director at Grafters Recruitment
"Before she started Cognitive Law we knew all about how good Lucy's skills in litigation are but she has proved herself adept in her understanding of the internal and external issues involved in building an IT Recruitment Business. She has a great understanding of our Contract business and the complexities of doing business in the UK and abroad and has built a network to help answer the questions that she doesn't hold the answers to. Her knowledge has also been invaluable in supporting Skillsearch as a business as we have grown. It's a skillset that would massively benefit other recruitment companies that have a focus in placing freelancers who will almost definitely share the same challenges as us."
Richard Fisher, Director at Skillsearch and Supersource
"When it comes to employment law, particularly in relation to agency workers Lucy is not only expert, she also has the ability to make the complex system simple."