LL.B. (Hons) University of Birmingham 1988
Law Society Final Examination 1989
Year Of Admission:
Articled Clerk, Evershed Wells & Hind 1989-1991
Solicitor, Commercial Litigation Team, Evershed Wells & Hind 1991-1994
Solicitor, Commercial Litigation Team, Chadwick Lawrence 1994-1995
Solicitor, Commercial Litigation Team, Emsley Collins 1995-1997
Solicitor, Commercial Litigation Team, Lupton Fawcett 1997 – 2002
Partner, Commercial Litigation Team, Lupton Fawcett 2002-2018
Partner, Commercial Litigation Team, Till Bailey & Irvine March 2018 - present
Experience and Expertise:
I have specialised in Commercial Litigation since 1991. I have acted for a wide variety of clients, including PLCs, SMEs, family businesses, franchised businesses, public bodies (such as NHS Trusts and police authorities), partnerships and sole traders. I am an experienced advocate in a range of courts and tribunals. I am an accredited mediator, and experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (for example, expert determination, arbitration, mediation, adjudication and negotiation).
My expertise encompasses contractual disputes of all types, particularly post-M&A disputes (such as warranty claims, earn out and deferred consideration claims), shareholder disputes and claims by and against company directors, partnership disputes, commercial contract disputes, high-value or sensitive business to consumer disputes, engineering contract disputes, IT contract disputes, and professional services disputes. I have been instructed on many different types of professional negligence claims, against accountants, solicitors, engineers, architects, surveyors and others. My professional negligence practice has primarily been for claimants but for several years I was the principal legal advisor to a national chain of surveyors in relation to self-insured claims.
I have acted for a number of insolvency practitioners and others in contested insolvency matters.
Over a number of years I have developed a particular interest in franchised businesses, advising on non-contentious matters as well as representing both franchisors and franchisees (sometimes multiple franchisees) in disputes.
I have conducted a number of high value and/or complex tax appeals in the First Tier Tribunal (Tax), acting for individuals, partnerships, companies and public bodies in a range of matters concerning both indirect and direct tax disputes with HMRC.
In a career spanning nearly three decades so far I have been privileged to act for many clients and helped them to achieve satisfactory and cost-effective outcomes.
Particular highlights include:
- Acting for a London Borough in a Fleming claim to recover VAT of over £2m
- Representing a group of debt collection companies in a multi-million pound dispute with a major credit card company
- Acting for a global engineering business in a £7m business interruption claim against a data hosting company
- Advising a group of transport industry franchisees in co-ordinated disputes with their franchisor
- Representing former business partners in an appeal against HMRC over £2m of withheld input tax.
Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono/Community Relations:
I am a director of Proper Job Theatre Company, a charity which delivers confidence-building and employability skills training to NEETS and others across the North of England.
I have been an accredited mediator since 2012.
When You Were A Child, What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?
Practising law is intellectually stimulating. It is also a great way to meet interesting people, often highly achieving and inspirational individuals running complex businesses. That is an exciting world to inhabit. The other side of the coin is that, as a trusted professional, people in distress need reliable advice and support, and being asked to provide that is a privilege and an honour.
Describe Any Interesting Facts About You? Personal Achievements?
At the age of 40 I took up Shotokan Karate.
In my earlier years I trained as a private pilot. I play guitar (occasionally in a band) and I write songs.
What One Thing Could You Not Live Without?
My favourite guitar, a Martin D35.
Hobbies & Interests: