The Team

Working tirelessly for our clients across all seven continents.

Kate Jolly



Kate co-founded Briars in 1991 with Andrew Brierley. She specialised in tax law and today continues to advise clients on international operations, particularly land, expand and exit! In her spare time Kate is a Past Master of the City of London Guild of Entrepreneurs and a Director of CCARHT (Cambridge Centre for Applied Research into Human Trafficking).  Away from the bustle, Kate spends her time walking her dogs (who you will meet at the office!) or chilling…

Gemma Bignell


Operations Director

Gemma joined Briars in 2006 and has managed our accounting services team for many years. In 2014 Gemma was promoted to Senior Advisor in our Client Services team where she was responsible for the overall service levels to her portfolio of clients. Most recently Gemma has been awarded the position of Commercial Director where she is involved with the running of day to day office activities and business decisions. She has over 15 years experience in industry and audit, and an uncanny ability with numbers. She provides advice in ‘non-technical’ terms where needed, and all advice is tailored to the needs of the companies and individuals.

In her spare time Gemma enjoys DIY, holidays in the sun, and Zumba!

James Durance

Accounting Manager

James joined Briars in 2008 and is a CIMA qualified accountant and heads up the accounting and payments team.

He has a very active lifestyle chasing after his young daughter when not in work.

Tracy Adaway

Payroll Manager

Tracy heads up our payroll team and has been with the firm for 10 years. She has a breadth of experience covering payroll; accounts, credit control and billing and an in-depth knowledge of our clients.

In her spare time Tracy is devoted to her family, and Go-Ape!

Emma Lisauskas

Commercial Manager

Emma joined Briars in 2011 and is a member of the Institute of Legal Executives. Emma heads up our Client Services team and has extensive experience working with international clients. When not at work Emma enjoys netball, Zumba and spending time with her family.

Laura Quick

Finance & Administration Manager

Laura joined Briars in 2010. Laura heads up our Finance & Administration team and amongst a host of other things is responsible our foreign exchange process, billing and credit control. When not at work Laura loves riding horses.