Meet the Team
Founder / Director of Teal Compliance LimitedAmy is a Solicitor and Legal Compliance Consultant with a passion for helping firms adapt to the changing legal landscape. She provides support for everyone in the firm to understand compliance and how to apply risk management principles to improve client service and deliver efficiency. Amy is a member of the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force and the author of Solicitors and Money Laundering, published by the Law Society. Specialties: Anti-money Laundering, Compliance, Risk Management, Anti-Bribery, COLP and COFA advice, Data Protection, Learning and DevelopmentAssociateBalkar has been in legal practice since 1994 having trained, qualified and practiced as a litigator (specialising in Clinical Negligence work) with a ‘high street’ firm, eventually becoming Managing Partner (latterly Managing Director). During his tenure he oversaw the practice becoming an ABS, obtaining Lexcel accreditation and a couple of acquisitions amongst other things. He has been a COLP since the role was first introduced by the SRA (has been an MLRO for longer) and is well versed in complaints/professional indemnity management, creation and implementation of new policies/procedures (including change management) and advising/guiding colleagues with regards to day-to-day issues with case/client risk management and AML issues. Balkar brings a wealth of experience with a practical, down to earth solution-based approach to providing advice.Operations DirectorJo Clarke is the Director of Operations at Teal Compliance. Jo has over 30 years of experience in office management, primarily in the legal sector. Jo & Amy began working together initially 21 years ago and are still going strong now! Jo enjoys music, reading and spending time with her family.AssociateKayleigh joined Teal Compliance in November 2019 as an Associate. Kayleigh’s passion for Risk & Compliance began after falling into a role as a Conflicts and AML Analyst 7½ years ago. Who knew Compliance could be so much fun?! Kayleigh loves being able to share her knowledge and experiences surrounding risk and compliance (and has a few funny stories to tell too!). Kayleigh’s main specialism is in Anti-Money Laundering. However, she also has experience in conflicts and matter management and best practice.Finance DirectorMark wears many hats in Team Teal. He is our Finance Director, Designer and Website Manager. With 28 years working in a Quality Role in Engineering, he brings a different perspective to risk and compliance for professional services firms, which strengthens the service we can offer to our clients. As an engineer, he’s also behind the design of a lot of our processes, so Team Teal runs like a well-oiled machine.DirectorSally Holdway is a director at Teal Compliance. She is a solicitor (non-practicing) and LawTech specialist, supporting the team at Teal with developing new tools to assist law firms with their risk and compliance obligations.Head of Client RelationshipsShazia has over 20 years of experience working in the Legal and Regulatory sector specialising in AML, Data Protection, Fraud, Risk and Compliance. Her career has included working for a large international law firm (10 years), various financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies including the intelligence service. Shazia’s Teal work has including exciting GDPR projects namely Audits, firmwide training and Policy and procedures reviews. Shazia has conducted AML training, assisted firms in firmwide assessments, Policy and procedure reviews and testing effectiveness in addition to any general risk and compliance queries. Shazia’s experience includes managing compliance teams, reviewing and testing effectiveness of Policies and procedures, implementing process improvement, conducting AML file reviews and GDPR audits, assisting and coaching MLRO/COLP’s and COFA’s in making informed risk decisions, designing bespoke risk case management system for centralised teams, writing and delivering firm-wide training at every level relating to various current compliance topics. Shazia has worked for Teal since its inception and enjoys being part of such a great team. She especially loves the varied opportunities, having the wonderful resources to respond to unusual queries and being part of a wider network of people led by the one and only Amy Bell!! It is Amy’s motivation, drive and passion that inspires me every day.AssociateSiân provides practical advice and training on compliance issues relating to anti-bribery and corruption, anti -money laundering legislation and competition law.AssociateSimon began working in the legal sector for a top 100 law firm in 2004, having previously been a Compliance Officer and MLRO for regional and national IFA’s. He also has experience of working in an advisory capacity as a financial planner and mortgage advisor, positions he held prior to working in compliance. Whilst his roles have encompassed a wide range of duties, such as ensuring compliance with SRA Standards and Regulations, continuing Lexcel accreditation, and making improvements to processes and procedures, his passion has always been AML. From client on-boarding, auditing, the provision of training (both to colleagues and previously on behalf of the Law Society - at regional MLRO meetings), and advising colleagues with respect to their AML and POCA obligations, dealing with Suspicious Activity Reports and liaising with law enforcement, Simon brings a wealth of experience in the field and a practical, down to earth approach to providing advice.Executive PAVicky joined the team in March 2020 as a PA to the management team having worked previously in an office environment. Following the birth of her two children Vicky worked as a Teaching Assistant in a SEN Primary School. Outside of work Vicky enjoys spending time with her family.