What do you do?
I’m a property and general civil and commercial litigator, and have been a qualified solicitor for over 20 years. My primary focus is property litigation, but you'll also find me handling disputes between landlords and tenants, or working on contractual property conflicts. In fact, I’ve been involved in some landmark cases, including Chapman v Godinn Properties in 2005, and Zarb v Parry in 2011.
Plus, I have extensive experience in the legal expense insurance industry, advising insurers on policy coverage, acting for their policyholders, and tendering for, implementing and managing bulk legal work. My move to Carbon has been a breath of fresh air. I have the support to build a stronger practice around my personal and professional strengths.
I also lecture and write about property, procedural and litigation matters.
How do you make a difference for your clients?
Understanding and appreciating that property litigation involves real people with real problems. It’s a genuine pleasure to help clients resolve property issues so they can get on with their business and personal lives. The people I deal with come from all walks of life, so I’ve developed a worldliness and confidence to deal with the full range of issues they can present me with. I always aim to generate a ‘team spirit’ with my clients, where we both understand the results we want, and work together to achieve them.
What are the high points of your career so far?
Reaching partner level in a law firm shows a high level of commitment and expertise, and I’m personally very proud to have achieved this with Lyons Davidson in 2002. Since then, I’ve achieved many professional goals, including highlights such Zarb v Parry in 2011. It’s a big deal for me to have been successful in the Court of Appeal on such a high-profile case. And of course now, being part of Carbon, and the opportunities that brings for me to develop great client relationships.