Darren Whelan

Darren Whelan

Director of Education & Development

Darren has over 20 years’ experience within legal finance, working both in practice and within the legal IT industry. Darren is currently the Director of Education & Development where he is responsible for managing the education and development for the Institute, including training and qualifications to ensure the consistently high standards of the Institute.

Darren has been a member of the ILFM since 2002 and has sat on the ILFM Executive Council since 2011 becoming Chair in 2018. During that time, Darren has been subject to many external audits including SRA, VAT, PAYE and has successfully defended many ILFM members during VAT inspections. Darren is also the author and trainer of the ILFM’s VAT for Legal Accounting workshop which offers guidance and practical advice about key aspects of VAT compliance, including the treatment of disbursements and recharges. Darren is also co-author and trainer for ILFM SRA Accounts Rules workshop and has recently co-written “VAT for Legal Professionals”, a publication about VAT and the practicalities within legal practice. Darren is also one of the examiners for the Institute.

Darren is a regular commentator on legal finance, compliance and change management topics. He writes regularly for the Institute’s magazine, Legal Abacus and is a regular contributor for ILFMConnect, the ILFM’s online forum. He is also regular speaker for many local Law Societies.

Darren is massively passionate about training and education, originally wanting to teach music, a passion still very much close to his heart. To relax and unwind, Darren plays trumpet, piano and sings - he likes to refer to himself as ‘poor mans Gary Barlow’! He also likes a beer!