Matt Oliver. Founder & Senior Coach, The Legal Careers Group.


"As a personal and professional development tool, I found Matt’s coaching the most effective process in my 20 plus years in the law. Highly recommended."

SIMON PRICE - Former DWF Lawyer

My Quick Career Summary

20+ Years Experience in the Legal Profession

10+ years Coaching & Mentoring Experience to Partner & General Counsel Level

10 Years as a Practising Lawyer (Private Practice & FTSE 100 In-house Lawyer)

Qualified Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Career Changer Within Law & Career Shifter Out of the Law

Member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council

Key Experience

Career Coach & Strategist - supporting lawyers to make important career transitions & to find greater fulfilment in their work.

Business & Executive Coaching - at a range of PQE levels, including senior lawyer/partner & executive/general counsel level.

Sports & Media Lawyer - advised senior executives at Sky Sports in London & Austar TV in Sydney, including the negotiation of multi-million pound/dollar agreements.

Qualifications & Professional Membership

Post-Grad Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching, Leeds Beckett University (EMCC Senior Practitioner Level accredited)

Member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council

UK Qualified Solicitor, Law Society of England (admitted 1997)

LLB Law, University of Hull; LPC, College of Law



I have extensive business experience in large corporates and the legal profession. I initially spent 10 years working as a commercial lawyer.

I qualified into private practice in London, before specialising in sports and media law with a move in-house to my dream job at Sky Sports.

After nearly 5 years I made a lifestyle change and moved to Sydney, where I worked as a senior legal consultant at Austar (a large national telco since acquired by Foxtel).

An increasingly nagging feeling that the law wasn't my lifetime career led to a move back to the UK to set up a residential property business and begin my coaching training.

I have now worked as a qualified L&D professional (mentor, coach and career consultant) for over 10 years.

I help my clients get more out of themselves and more out of their careers. My long-standing passion is career fulfilment - both my clients and my own.


My coaching philosophy remains simple - to help clients realise more of their potential and to experience greater fulfilment, both personally and professionally.

I work with clients on a range of issues including career progression and career change, skills and performance development, and leadership style.

As well as being able to draw on my coach training from one of the UK's leading coaching schools, I also draw from my own legal career experience.

I have a detailed knowledge of the profession and the challenges and opportunities facing lawyers in an ever-evolving legal landscape.

I deliver coaching face-to-face in the UK, and via Skype in the UK and worldwide. I work with my face to face clients at my London & Manchester coaching rooms (other major cities can be agreed), or in their offices (if appropriate).

I also founded the Law Career Plus blog (www.lawcareerplus.com) where I write on a variety of law career related topics, including career change and job search.