I joined Balfour+Manson LLP in February 2015 having previously been a partner at another medium sized firm and am the head of our commercial and charities team.
I chose to be a lawyer to help people. To do this I learn their goals and values and the area or market they are operating in, whether that is a sole trader, a charity, a large business or public body. Then I can agree the best way to help, the right mixture of negotiation, processing a transaction efficiently, identifying an angle from the law or the property, or helping control the pace of the negotiation.
I enjoy working with a range of different clients, from large commercial or public sector organisations, charities and small businesses to private individuals.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family, exploring the outdoors (walking, cycling, sailing), reading and church activities.
Having specialised in commercial property since 1987, I have had enough time to build up good experience in all the main sectors - office, industrial, retail, leisure, and in acting for occupiers, investors, developers and lenders.
I have also been heavily involved in more specialist areas such as social housing, public sector property projects (such as housing PFIs), grants and aquaculture, and advising on property law reform. This has enabled me to build up expertise in the charitable sector, looking at broader contractual issues. I enjoy both working out how straightforward transactions can be done better, and dealing with pathfinder projects.
Neither law nor the market will stay the same, and that is something I enjoy.