Leading multi-award winning lawyer, Suzanne, is a long term knowledge contributor to the Virtual Assistant profession, setting out much of the framework for the legal documents used by the UK VA professional today.
Suzanne is also a respected author and she will share her latest updates on the progress of GDPR - an essential topic that the VA Professional needs to do their best to fully understand.
Suzanne Dibble has been a lawyer for over 20 years, qualifying as a corporate lawyer in one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper. There she led teams of professionals on multi-million-pound private equity deals and mergers and acquisitions, whilst also advising the boards of international blue-chip companies on all areas of company law. Whilst at DLA Piper, Suzanne was seconded to Virgin’s head office where she worked alongside Richard Branson. Amongst other key projects, she led a group wide data protection project with great success. As a result of this success, she was nominated by Virgin and DLA Piper for the national Solicitor of the Year award and subsequently voted runner up.
Suzanne was asked to move to ITV Plc, the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, where amongst other key strategic projects, she led the billion-pound project for digital switchover when the broadcaster moved from an analogue signal to a digital signal. Suzanne was then headhunted to be Legal Director of Hamptons International, then a UK subsidiary of the largest property development company in the world. Suzanne was soon promoted to Director of Operations and was responsible for the operations of over 1000 staff and over 100 branches. As a result of Suzanne’s role at Hamptons, she was listed in the Who’s Who of Young Business Leaders 2009 and the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite in 2010.
Whilst pregnant with her first child, Suzanne set up her own legal practice in 2010, focusing exclusively on helping small businesses. When she became oversubscribed in her one to one consultancy business and in order to help even more small businesses, she established her online legal platform the Small Business Legal Academy in 2012, which provides templates, video guides, checklists, case studies, action plans and an online community to help small businesses protect and grow their business affordably. Suzanne won a Law Society award for this pioneering work and 100% of Academy members surveyed said that they would recommend the Academy to other small business owners.
In 2018, whilst consulting with one of the best-known global data companies on their GDPR compliance, Suzanne realised that she needed to provide more support to small businesses to help them get to grips with the complexities of the GDPR. She committed to post in her Facebook Group (GDPR for Online Entrepreneurs) one video a day for 90 days from the end of February 2018 until the introduction of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 in order to help break down this complex area into manageable chunks for small business owners. The Facebook community exploded and grew to 40,000 people from around the world within just two months.
In response to requests from the Facebook community, Suzanne created her GDPR compliance pack that provides all the templates small businesses need to comply with the GDPR, together with video guides and checklists. The compliance pack received great acclaim with over 5000 packs having been sold.
Suzanne is regularly asked to appear on TV and radio to provide comment on GDPR related matters and has appeared on prime time national TV programmes such as Newsnight and Watchdog, news channels such as the BBC News and Sky News and many national radio stations such as Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and Radio 2. Suzanne has also featured in many national newspapers, magazines and online articles.
In addition, Suzanne regularly speaks at international conferences on the topic of the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive (and other legal matters) including the huge Digital Marketer’s international conference in San Diego and the Data Protection World Forum.
Suzanne is the author and we look forward to reading "GDPR for Dummies".
As well as continuing to help small businesses with the GDPR, Suzanne’s next project is Legal Buddy (www.legalbuddy.biz) which aims to make creating legal contracts so quick and easy that every business, no matter how small, looks forward to putting watertight contracts in place.