What can I do for you?
I’m a team leader for our public law and regulatory team and also the head of our nationally recognised University Business Group. My work for clients, such as universities up and down the country, includes education law, advising on judicial review and other contentious matters (including defamation and human rights), data protection and freedom of information, governance and constitutional matters. I have a great team of lawyers and support colleagues working with me who really relish being at the cutting edge of legal developments.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
A real highlight in my career was leading the team for Imperial College London as it established itself as a university in its own right after its decision to leave the federal University of London. All the various strands of this complex constitutional matter had to be in place so that the client could receive its new Royal Charter in its centenary year. The team worked extremely hard and ensured that everything was complete by the time of the centenary celebrations. Another significant, yet different, high profile matter involved resolving a major claim brought against another university resulting from an international academic collaboration. This required significant collaboration with the team working on the case, with the client’s senior officers and with other lawyers overseas in our international network. In both cases, we were able to protect and promote our clients’ international reputations.
What do others say?
We really work hard to make sure that we understand the complexities of our clients’ sectors and the pressures they face. I am indebted to my team for everything we are able to achieve together for our clients and my entry in Chambers UK is really a reflection of us all. “Described as ‘dynamic, knowledgeable and experienced’, peers appreciate ‘a real quality lawyer; he is level-headed and doesn’t make things unnecessarily complex’. Clients point to him as ‘one of the best education lawyers around, he is knowledgeable, an extremely personable guy, client-focused and clever’”.
What else should you know?
I have been a director and charity trustee of the Higher Education Academy which gave me great hands-on experience for understanding the practicalities of governance of a large national charity involved in policy issues in this sector. I am increasingly involved in international issues for our clients and have an interest in other legal jurisdictions, being a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.