Mercedes Oakley is our Chief Operating Officer. She has been running organisations and projects for over 20 years. When solicitors Judge & Priestley attracted her attention to undertake a strategic review of their legal practice, her strategic review was so strong she was recruited to manage the practice. Success continued to roll with the law firm’s attainment of the Investors in People accolade as well as Lexcel accreditation, the Law Society’s quality benchmark. She also managed major IT and web projects for the law firm, all of which contributed to the organisation’s growth and success, especially among public sector clients. Mercedes’ work portfolio includes the management and progression of not-for-profit CANS Trust, taking its law publishing product online and building a strong, progressive team. She has a degree in law, is qualified as a solicitor and has an MBA. Mercedes manages Public Services Publishing Ltd, oversees all transactions and keeps the business on track.

Robert Jack, Director, is our legal and publishing expert. He cut his teeth as a local authority solicitor in north-east England, working primarily in the regulatory environment surrounding public housing, licensing and environmental law. He moved into legal publishing when Lexis Nexis was lucky enough to attract him to one of their most high-profile editorial teams. He then joined the not-for-profit CANS Trust where he co-authored two books on Disability Law and rose through the ranks to manage the organisation as well as provide legal and editorial expertise. Today, Robert is a Director of Public Services Publishing Ltd, publisher of Law & Rights and Law & Business. He writes the information that helps the general public, students and legal advisors make good decisions around everyday circumstances that are regulated by the law.

Jo Murray, Director, is the mouth-piece of Public Services Publishing Ltd and marketeer for Law & Rights and Law & Business. She has notched up three decades as a financial and business journalist, and has lots of big names under her professional belt. From Euromoney Institutional Investor and Mirror Newspaper Group to the Financial Times and Lexis Nexis, she has worked for and edited dozens of financial, legal and business titles. Jo has also owned and managed several small media businesses of her own, run scores of international conferences and exhibitions, and interviewed lots of boardroom heavy-weights. In addition, she has worked with cities, countries and regions internationally, helping to build business eco-systems and provide intelligence to support economic growth.