Rick Howlett

Rick Howlett

ILFM Council Chair, Executive Committee

Rick commenced his career as a junior legal cashier for city firm Stephenson Harwood.  He was trained in all aspects of accounting and attended evening college to study advanced business accountancy and management.  He further studied for a Fellowship at the then Institute of Legal Accounts Managers and successfully passed the course in 1990.  He was invited to become a founding member of the Institute of Legal Practice Management. At the age of 23 he accepted the position of legal finance manager supervising his first accounts department and was subsequently offered the opportunity to work at Stephens Innocent, a leading London media law firm, as finance, practice and IT manager.

He went on to develop his own bookkeeping practice providing advice and preparing accounts for various small companies while continuing to work for city law firms, recently he has worked as a consultant advising start-up ABS law firms on SAR’s, compliance and has assisted with the implementation of new computer systems.

Throughout his career he has lectured on effective business management and particularly enjoys business development.

Rick is a Partner and Practice Manager for Vanderpump & Sykes LLP.

Rick strongly believes with the ever-increasing demands placed on the legal profession the ILFM is vital in providing guidance, advice and on-going training.