What do you do?
I am a corporate and financial services lawyer. I work with clients in all sorts of businesses. We work together to find out the best way for them to do things. Sometimes it's designing a product or service. Or it could be a transaction. Other times it might be restructuring the internal workings of the business. Anything from mergers and acquisitions to disposals, joint ventures, outsourcings and capital raisings.
I am all about finding out about and understanding a client’s business. Establishing what the issues really are. Then I make sure what needs to be done, is done. I work as part of my client’s team, creating solutions that fit the real world. Finding the right piece to solve the puzzle.
I love all aspects of what I do. Over the years I have become specialised in dealing with businesses in the funds and financial services sectors. Here products are not made with wood, glass or steel but law and regulation.
How do you build such great client relationships?
I take time to get to know my clients, their businesses and their objectives. There is a real shared buzz that comes with participating together in success.
Clients appreciate my “this is how you can achieve…” rather than “you can’t do …” attitude. We are on a journey together. We end up with a particularly effective partnership when we engage early and talk about the art of the possible and not just carrying out the process.
My clients tend to operate in a technical or regulated environment where they need commercially sensitive, innovative solutions. I’m a strategic, creative thinker who loves a demanding challenge. Complying with law or regulation need not be a constraint – it’s just the canvas on which to draw.
Despite working on intense and time critical transactions I have a calm, thoughtful and nurturing style that forges strong, long lasting relationships.
Away from the world of corporate law, what do you enjoy?
Time with my family. I have a wonderful wife and three fabulous daughters – I’m thrilled to see what they are becoming capable of – watch out world.
You can often find me soaring above the Midlands. I am a fully rated gliding instructor and if I fancy flying with a bit more power, I have a private pilot’s license.