Meet the team

Beverley Bates

Advice Services Director

Beverley Bates is the Head of Non-Contentious Legal Services at Markel Law and she oversees the operation of the Legal Advice Line. She initially worked as a litigation executive before qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2002 and then as a solicitor in 2004. She spent seven years working in personal injury litigation before then deciding to specialise in employment law, working for an employment law firm in Norwich and obtaining her Masters degree in employment law before joining the predecessor to Markel Law in 2007. Beverley is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and regularly attends FSB roadshows and regional events to promote the benefits of the FSB Legal Advice Line.

Rianda Markram

Head of Digital Services

As Head of Digital Services I'm responsible for the management and delivery of our digital offering, the Markel Law Hub. I lead a cross-functional team with an agile approach that places our end users at the heart of everything we do. I'm a dual qualified lawyer, having qualified as an attorney in South African and a solicitor in England and Wales.

I manage our product strategy and backlog, working closely with stakeholders and clients.

I regularly blog on SME related matters on our firm's blog page: https://www.fsblegalhub.co.uk/fsb/insights

Edward Pearce

Employment Consultancy Team Manager

Edward Pearce is the Manager of Markel Law's Employment Consultancy Team, managing a team of two lawyers. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and joined the predecessor to Markel Law in 1999. Since then he has continued to specialise in employment law. Before joining the team, he worked as a solicitor in private practice.  His particular area of expertise is in non-contentious employment matters, including drafting contracts of employment, negotiating compromise agreements, assisting with the implementation of disciplinary exercises and redundancy programmes and delivering training and seminars on employment law to Managers and HR Professionals. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

David Marples

Affinity Group Manager

David Marples is the Manager of Markel Tax's Legal Advice Line team and investigation specialists, a team comprising nine former HM Revenue & Customs Inspectors. On leaving full-time education, David joined HM Revenue & Customs where he worked for 13 years rising to the grade of HM Inspector of Taxes, before leaving to join Markel Tax in 1997 to help set up the in-house investigation team.