We are consultant lawyers who like to do things a bit differently

What we do

We help all sorts of businesses with all sorts of legal issues.

Our main focus is on marketing services and the creative industries, but we can turn our hands to pretty much anything.

We work on a whole lot of contracts, as well as varied commercial and day to day operational matters. From handling your production headaches, to navigating data protection issues, to helping with corporate governance and risk management, we act as a general sounding board and as part of your team.


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How we do it

It’s like having your own in-house lawyers, except you don’t have to put us on your payroll.

We can work as an extension to your in-house legal team, but if you don’t have internal legal resource, we can act as your external in-house lawyers.

You might want to front things yourself and keep us behind the scenes. Or you may prefer that we take that contract negotiation (or whatever) off your hands with minimal input from you.

We can also help make you more self-sufficient by developing your legal templates and teaching your team how to use them. It’s up to you.

Tell us how you want things to be and we’ll work with you to make it happen.




Who we are

Susie Ewing, Consultant Legal Counsel and Founder

Susie has worked with creative and media agencies as well as many other businesses in the marketing services industry since joining Publicis Groupe in 2006, following qualification as a solicitor at media firm Harbottle & Lewis in 2002 and a couple of years at Osborne Clarke. She set up the legal function at Engine, then after six years as a consultant, established Seven Seven Associates in 2019 with the aim of providing high quality legal support to marketing services and other clients on a flexible and cost-effective basis.

Catherine Nelson, Consultant Legal Counsel

After qualifying at Addleshaw Goddard as a technology and IP lawyer in 2004, Catherine moved in-house to lastminute.com, ultimately becoming General Counsel and Director of Legal. After nearly 8 years at lastminute.com and the arrival of her first child, Catherine began working on a consultancy basis. She has experience of working across multiple commercial sectors in particular e-commerce businesses, from small start-ups to larger Saas providers.

Louise Cole, Consultant Legal Counsel

Louise is a pragmatic and experienced in-house legal counsel. She has been the General Counsel at The Press Association, FTSE Group and Engine Group. She specialises in intellectual property and general commercial work, with a particular focus on creative and marketing services during her 9 years at Engine.

Maria Johnston, Consultant Legal Counsel

Maria is an innovative, solutions oriented commercial lawyer who has advised from an in-house perspective with a focus on the advertising, media, marketing and technology sectors since qualification as a solicitor in 2004. Her roles as General Counsel within divisions of Experian and IPG have spanned international jurisdictions, necessitating strategic and pragmatic analysis of situations, offering creative solutions in fast paced, high pressure environments.

Marina Palomba, Consultant Legal Counsel

Marina is a veteran advertising, media and tech lawyer with a practical and robust approach to all commercial matters. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and was a partner at law firm DJ Freeman (now Cooleys) prior to spending 9 years as Legal Director at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and then joining Reed Smith as a partner. After 12 years as Regional Legal Commercial Counsel (UK, EU & APAC) at Interpublic Group, she is now semi-retired and working on an ad hoc project basis.

How we charge

Our flexible attitude also applies to costs. Our standard hourly rate of £330 plus VAT is highly competitive, and we feel strongly about transparency.

We’ll always discuss your needs and agree your preferred way of charging before we start work. And we will stick to what we have agreed. No nasty surprises.


What our clients say

Need convincing? Here are some kind words from a few of our lovely clients:

Get in touch

Sounds good? We’d love to hear from you.

If you think we can help, please send us an email.


If you need to make a complaint, you can use our complaints procedure.

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If you are thinking about consultancy for yourself, we’d love to hear from you.