Who Are the KoffeeKlatch Team


Learn more about the KoffeeKlatch team


KoffeeKlatch is a trading name of Irenicon Ltd.   We started working together in 1980 and have continued ever since.

Once we had four board members but we are changing our structure as time moves on.   The original four became two a long time ago.  Now co-founder Christopher Head is gently transitioning to legal consultant as we bring in new people and new structures.

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Annabel Kaye

Managing Director

Annabel co-founded Irenicon in 1980 and during the last 40+ years, managed to juggle being a mother to her two children with advising clients on everything to do with the tough side of HR. From flexible working and parental leave to discrimination and TUPE – she loves the tricky ones and when people tell her it can’t be done, she is passionate about showing them otherwise.

After discovering a fascination of freelancing, virtual teams and the changing way in which people work, Annabel founded KoffeeKlatch in 1989 specifically to address the new way we work today.

There is a big gap between the law, people’s expectations and what can actually work. Despite the fact that she reads a lot of legal jargon, Annabel likes to bring a flexible and practical approach to solving problems.

An adviser, coach, mentor, consultant, trainer, and professional speaker; both in-person and virtual events, Annabel loves helping you get your mind around contracts and compliance without giving you a headache.

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Christopher Head

Legal Consultant

Christopher qualified as a barrister in 1976 and soon after co-founded Irenicon in 1980 alongside Annabel. Christopher has been specialising in employment and contract law for more than 40 years and before that, even edited one of the definitive works on employment law (which is still in print even today!).

Before Irenicon, he moved on to be a general counsel/company secretary of a listed PLC which meant that he had to work with lawyers of every kind across the world, and not only work out quickly what it was they were saying but how that could affect the deals that were being made.

With all that understanding and decades of working with smaller businesses, Christopher’s expertise are what helps make KoffeeKlatch’s contracts stand out from the rest.

An adviser, legal eagle, consultant, coach, litigator and podcaster – he loves getting to the heart of the matter and finding out what really works for you.

His expertise in protecting your business is highly prized.

Editorial Board

Writing legal documents that make commercial and emotion sense is a bit of a dark art.    We have asked three special experts to form an Editorial Board to help us create the clearest, shortest, most relevant documents we can.

The extra depth of experience and additional skills sets will help us take the KoffeeKlatch work forwards and help us make each round of legal updates into clearer and more useful documents and support.

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Sarah Fox

500-word lawyer

Sarah’s expertise is in construction contracts – she has even reduced them to just 500 words.

While we don’t think KoffeeKlatch contracts are going to get quite that short anytime soon, we welcome her unique expertise in making legal documents understandable, accessible and usable.

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William Buist

Building Better Business

William’s background in the insurance sector and risk analysis gives him an excellent perspective on what we do.

His long experience of helping entrepreneurs figure out their business processes and models makes him the ideal person to facilitate the Editorial Board meetings and to help us to develop the most effective resources possible for our customers.

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Jackie Barrie


Jackie specialises in making complex information appear simple. That means translating our long-winded legalese into plain English and ensuring that all our messages are clear.

She’s been working with us since the earliest versions of our contracts, and her expertise in writing without waffle continues to add the magic touch to our written communications.

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