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 and have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children.
Outside of work I am involved in the leadership of a vibrant local church, which is heavily involved with its local community and in a variety of charity work including through Ware Rotary Club.
I enjoy eating home-cooked food and like to drink real ale and decent whiskeys. I love fireworks and am a qualified freelance Pyro Technician, working on large firework displays for all sorts of events not only around November but throughout the year. While I would not call myself a gardener I enjoy working in and around our house and garden and with a reasonable level of competence at DIY often hear “Can you fix….”
In my free time – what’s that!