What do you do?
I deal with all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, and advise in contentious and non-contentious matters as well as providing general business advice and support. Often, I’m working closely with directors and insolvency practitioners to provide restructuring and turnaround advice, including s110 transactions. I’m experienced in asset tracing and recovery and in conducting litigation relating to antecedent transactions, misfeasance and wrongful trading. I also advise creditors regularly on debt recovery. With first-hand experience of the issues insolvency practitioners face, my advice is pragmatic and commercially astute.
I joined Carbon Law Partners because I was excited by the opportunities their refreshing approach gives me to build a practice. And the freedom and flexibility it gives me to run my personal and professional life to my unique strengths. I no longer toe a line for a firm; I can be myself. I am my firm.
How do you make a difference for your clients?
My clients are a mixture of insolvency practitioners and business owners, and they tend not to care whether or not I’m from a big firm, or wearing a suit. Identifying interesting points of law rarely helps – they simply want results, and a human being they can rely on to achieve those results. For me, it’s about being approachable and accessible, and giving them direct access to my skills and experience. This means being part of my client’s team, someone whose opinion they value, and who they can bounce ideas off without feeling like the meter’s running.
Which of your achievements would you like to tell us about?
I will come onto my career. But firstly I'd like to mention a couple of charitable organisations I am involved with. I’m a trustee of Bristol Foundation Housing and a volunteer bosun’s mate with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Both of which I am proud to be part of.
As far as law goes that has to be everything I’ve managed to achieve so far with Carbon. Having the confidence and freedom to build a practice my way. Employing someone for the first time – to be in a position to do this feels fantastic.
I have been lucky enough to have taken two breaks earlier in my career – one to travel around South America, and one to sail on a tall ship across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro. To me success means getting the right balance between my professional and personal life, so I can play an active part in my family’s life. It’s also about winning the respect of peers and clients, and building a practice that works with and serves like-minded individuals.