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Who are we?

We are a multi-award winning Learning Consultancy led by Nicola Jones, known as Noo, a former barrister with over 20 years of experience in continuous learning strategy and design.  A qualified and experienced business psychologist and executive coach, she is passionate about helping all kinds of professionals in legal to develop new skills. 

Who do we work with? 

Whether you're a CEO, partner, aspiring leader, or recent entrant into the legal sector - if you're keen to discover how your strengths can contribute to improving client experience at this complex, yet exciting time, you're in the right place. 

Our Clients
Our values

Our values


We work with:

Courage – being brave enough to be honest about our own strengths and limitations, our relationships and our impact on the world around us.

Reason – valuing critical thinking, being able to exercise judgment and offer a robust rationale for our actions.

Compassion – the exercise of empathy, kindness and warmth is at the heart of work.

Our name


The business is named after the goddess Athena.  An emblem of strength, intellect and order she recognised the courage of warriors and showed compassion to the fallen.

At Athena Professional we believe that people are resourceful and well-intentioned.

We can help individuals and firms

to connect with their

strengths and collective capability. 

Our Mission & Values

Disrupting sameness 
Cultivating innovation

Our mission is to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to create change.


We believe in your potential, in your resourcefulness and in your ability to create new ways of working.

Sophisticated human skills are essential to help clients and colleagues adapt to new ways of working. We value open, sincere interaction, positive regard, and honest conversation.  

About Noo

Building a future-focused
legal sector

Developing future skills based on emotional intelligence is at the heart of what we do at Athena Professional.  

For example: 

  • We help established professionals to learn to adapt and shift in mindset so that they can demonstrate leadership in a dynamic legal landscape.  

  • We help people to develop self-awareness so that they can work effectively with others to create change.

  • We support people to learn to be resourceful and resilient. 

What qualifies me to do this?

Athena Professional has won multiple national and international awards because we are outcome-driven experts in learning strategy and design.  We combine sector knowledge with cutting-edge learning methods.  

We create impact with learning through our blended learning programmes which use different types of delivery – virtual, in-person, group and individual coaching - to introduce, develop and sustain learning in practice.

Our work is informed by awareness of the dynamics of the legal sector. We see in-house driving the change agenda in law to a significant degree.  As an Ambassador for Crafty Counsel, a community for in-house lawyers, Nicola facilitates discussion on key topics for in-house lawyers regularly.  She is a Lead Lawbreaker for the #SheBreaksTheLaw global community of women in legal innovation, and has the t-shirt to prove it!  She was also Co-Chair of Birmingham Law Society Legal Tech Committee 2020–22.  She speaks and writes about human skills for a digital age. 

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