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What others say.

Don't just take our word for it..

Alex Graham

Heckford Norton Solicitors

Paul was friendly and approachable to all staff which immediately put everyone at ease for our independent AML Audit. Paul is extremely knowledgeable and thorough giving constructive feedback – highlighting both positive aspects and identifying areas for additional consideration. A comprehensive report was produced in good time and Paul made himself available for a follow up session in his own time’

Andrew Otterburn

Otterburn Legal Consulting

I have known Paul for several years, both at Gemstone and in his previous role heading up Lloyds’s work with Law firms.  Whilst at Lloyds he spoke at several Law Society conferences and is an excellent public speaker.  Since setting up Gemstone he has presented to a number of my clients and has an in depth knowledge of his subject.  

Michelle Handley

Practice Manager, CWC Solicitors

After looking at the requirements of our governing body in relation to an annual AML review we decided that this was something best undertaken by an external expert.  We were put in touch with Paul at Gemstone and from thereon the process was well organised and dealt with promptly.  Staff felt at ease talking with Paul for their interviews and did not feel like they were being interrogated at all.  Communication was great and the process as a whole was less stressful, straightforward and simple under Paul’s guidance.

David MacFarlane

Head of Finance, Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Paul McCluskey (Gemstone) offered a first rate service when offering guidance on SRA compliance. His years of applicable experience meant that he was able to both talk in our language and provide the targeted advice that we needed.

Anne Harnetty

MD, Jonson Beaumont Ltd & Author of Mergers with the Benefit of Hindsight

Paul was an easy choice when I asked him to contribute to my book Mergers with the Benefit of Hindsight. My overall vision was a practical and relatable guide not some weighty legal tome that would be admired and put on a shelf to look good. I literally have sweaty palms at the thought of complex financial explanations with no desire to read further, so what Paul brings with his financial stability scorecard and financial benchmarking is a brilliant “dummies guide” and I say that as an accolade.

Kim Peacock

Managing Partner, Peacock Solicitors

Thanks again for all your help and support.  Your handling of the process really did make all the difference!

Helen Clifford

Director, Helen Clifford Law

Paul’s knowledge of the legal industry, his expertise & connections mean that he is invaluable. His kindness & the support he provides set him apart from others offering the same service.  I’d like to thank Paul McCluskey for helping me to achieve my dream. He’s a brilliant person to have on side

Peter Allen

Partner, Birkett Long Solicitors

Comments following completion of an independent AML audit. 


Paul had a very good manner which put people who were nervous at ease so they were able to answer his questions. He was inquisitive and constructive, giving praise where due. He was thorough and reassuring with a comprehensive report giving excellent guidance on matters to consider.

Viv Williams

Consulting Director, VWC

Paul is a very talented individual and has developed a depth of knowledge about the legal profession. There is no doubt that Paul could actually run a Law firm with both his people and financial skills. Apart from that he’s a thoroughly nice chap!

Harry Suleman

Owner, Harry Suleman Solicitors

Your words / thoughts gave me the confidence to go forward and to give the 'my own firm' project a real go..... Three and a half years after launch, we have two members of staff.  A third is set to join in January. Just wanted to say a big thank you - it was tough at the start, but you gave me a bit of confidence to really give it a go.

Elizabeth Madagu

Director, Topstone Solicitors

Comments following a Lexcel assessment


I have to say, it has been a pleasant experience being assessed by Paul. Paul's in-depth knowledge and very professional approach to our assessment provided the guidance and further importance on the need for our firm to maintain the Lexcel gold standard we have received.

Geoff Dunnett

Professional Services Director

Paul was an absolute pleasure to work with. His knowledge of and contacts within the legal sector are second to none. He was able to bring to bear his experience in managing large sales team to help us form a sales strategy, process and ongoing training for sales staff targeting the legal sector.

Stuart Vant

Director InXpress Cambridge, Chairman of Saffron Walden Town FC

Paul has made a massive difference to the role of treasurer at Saffron Walden Town Fc. As Chairman I needed someone who would, not only look after the finances but also look at ways to create the business model of our club with the right finance opportunities. On a personal note Paul has helped my own company with various projects and has always come up with the right plan. Highly recommended. You come up with fantastic ideas! #OutsideTheBoxThinker

New Start Legal Practice

Managing Partner

Paul was a fantastic help in advising on all things financial when we recently set up our new law firm. His experience of the banking world and legal sector gives him a wealth of knowledge to draw on as well as giving practical advice on options available regarding financing, as well as helping to move things forward very proactively. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and Gemstone to others. 

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