My Professional Background
I act for individuals, businesses and charities mainly in commercial property matters, but also in relation to business structures, the protection of different parties’ interest in a business and on business sales and acquisitions. Unusually for a commercial lawyer, I have extensive experience in the use of trusts and knowledge of personal tax matters. This enables me to utilise a holistic approach when advising individuals, partners or shareholders in relation to business succession and retirement planning issues.
My aim is always to understand what is really important for my clients. I then explain the issues and options in such a way that the client is able to assess the advantages and disadvantages, risks and rewards of their situation, before making a commercial decision they are happy with.
I studied at the University of Cardiff, where I obtained my Law degree. I joined what was then Jameson & Hill in 1992 from a London firm, where I gained experience of both commercial and private client work – mainly for company executives. I have been a Partner of the firm since 1995.
I was born and raised in Orpington, on the edge of a London Borough, and lived within walking distance of the open Kent countryside. Having moved clockwise around London, Welwyn Garden City has been home for the last 30 years – I still live within walking distance of the countryside. I met my wife while studying for my Law degree; I have been married for more than 25 years and have two children. Outside of work I am involved in the management of a Community Centre and in the leadership of a vibrant local church, which is heavily involved with its local community.
I enjoy eating home-cooked food and like to drink real ale and decent whiskeys. I love fireworks and have become a qualified freelance Pyro Technician, working on firework displays for all sorts of events at various times of the year. My dream job is to be a firework company owner and if I was to go to a desert island, I’d take my wife with me.