About Rubric Law

Be confident with our fresh and holistic legal expertise and business experience at Rubric.

Come for our corporate and commercial work. Stay for the enhanced real estate, employment and personal legal services. In a world of standardisation, Rubric speaks volumes with a reasonable and professional legal voice.

  • Our advice is sound and effective – easily accessible with a total package that rivals larger firms.

  • We do what we say – our guaranteed communication charter means you know what to expect from us and when.
  • We celebrate the individual – encouraging dynamic relationships between our team and you.

  • We relish a fresh challenge – every new journey is approached by drawing on our experience and skills.

At Rubric, we use leading legal software to deliver our services and keep us on track. We have a secure and easy to use client-friendly portal to encourage clear communication – between everyone.

If you’d rather use phone calls, apps, virtual meetings, emails or postal updates, that’s no problem. Whatever works for you, works for us.

Meet the team

James Howell

Managing Director

James knew that a traditional law firm was not going to work for him. As a sociable, entrepreneurial person, James established Rubric to deliver approachable, engaging and unstuffy legal services: the way clients want.

His vision is a truly different legal advice service: one that hasn’t always got an eye on the clock and delivers more than just a document and a bill. A big biscuit fan, James enjoys nothing more than long walks on sunny days, playing guitar and watching his son play rugby and football.

Tim Gear-Evans

Chief Commercial Officer

Tim has lived the life cycle of owner-managed SME businesses for over 18 years. Having always taken pride in providing a personal approach that places the emphasis on developing invested relationships, he has helped shape and deliver scores of businesses.

The fit with Rubric’s values was strong, and Tim now spends his days banging the drum about how legal service relationships can be so much more than transactions.

Away from work, Tim has a young family that he spends a lot of time convincing to move to a remote part of Cornwall, so far unsuccessfully. So, Bristol is home (and a good one really!)

Lisa Butcher


Lisa joined Rubric in 2015 to support the office, part-time. Following numerous attempts to convince her to move full time, she did in 2020. Now head of business operations, she handles all things financial, HR and admin and is chief biscuit provider.

She loves walking and getting out at the weekend to see as much of the countryside as possible. Her goal in life is to be happy, find the positive in everything and retire to the North Devon coast, maybe climbing a few mountains along the way.

Emma Griffin-Davies

Corporate Commercial Associate Solicitor

Corporate associate solicitor Emma handles business sales and purchases, company de-mergers, shareholder and partnership agreements and franchising arrangements. She joined Rubric in October 2018, bringing with her a unique insight into the intricate nature of running a franchise, having worked in the head office of a franchise. 

Emma loves living in Bristol, and she’s our go-to for a restaurant recommendation. Emma is all about a new exercise regime and is currently enjoying yoga and running. She has her eye on getting a cocker spaniel (in the not-too-distant future), so running could become muddy dog walks in the county.

Ffion Jenkins

Employment Solicitor

A solicitor with a particular passion for employment law, Ffion loves to help people and is always up for a challenge. She wants to make every day dynamic and interesting and builds in new experiences and adventures wherever she can.

She’s very active – think lacrosse, hockey, tennis, swimming, martial arts and weights training – and tells people she does sports because she’s competitive (which is true), but secretly we all know the reason is so she can eat all the cake. She’s a glass-half-full person who focuses on the positives.

Nick Middleton

Real Estate

Moving from his role in the corporate & commercial team, Nick now works in the real estate practice, working across a number of transactional matters and assisting with corporate M&A matters. Nick brings extensive knowledge of property conveyancing, private client and financial litigation.

In his spare time, Nick plays football and almost manages to play tennis, squash and golf – every day is a learner. Aside from sport, Nick is passionate about embracing new technology and leveraging it to provide a unique legal experience.

Liz Lewis

Business Administrator

Liz is usually the first person you speak to at Rubric. She shares her can-do attitude and exceptional levels of support with our clients and the staff. And she also has some cracking stories.

Since the 1980s, Liz has participated in and photographed some incredible motorsport. She has been a co-driver on the international 4×4 Winch challenge through the jungles of Malaysia ten times, she went on an overland expedition through Africa and adventured from London to Kuala Lumpur. Alongside her current passion of MG classic car navigational tours, Liz enjoys Asian cooking, gardening (by necessity) and swimming.