What can I do for you?
I am a dispute resolution specialist, dealing both with corporate/commercial disputes and contested trusts and estates, working principally in our Northern offices, but across the firm generally. Commercial matters where I can help include shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, corporate governance matters, procurement disputes and general commercial problems. In the contentious trusts and estates field, I have expertise in all sorts of disputes for trustees, beneficiaries and affected third parties. I also act for sports people and sports bodies in litigation of all sorts, including negligence claims against advisers, tax disputes and wider commercial disputes.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
A recent highlight has been acting (and continuing to act) for the developer of a marina against the most difficult and obstructive opponent I have ever come across in my legal career. We have been sharing the financial risk with the client, and have recently obtained a very substantial judgement, winning on all counts, and achieving even more damages than our most optimistic prediction. We continue to enforce this judgment. We managed to enjoy the whole process, stressful though it was, and are very satisfied that we have safely navigated such a difficult situation.
In the private wealth sphere, in the Kennedy v Kennedy case I recently obtained a positive and interesting judgment (breaking some new legal ground) for the trustees of a high net worth businessman’s family trust, setting aside a transaction where bad advice had led to a substantial and entirely avoidable tax charge. We also managed to achieve a very satisfactory outcome against the professionals who caused the problem.
What do others say?
I’m proud to have been recognised as a leader in my field by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Citywealth, which say I bring “detailed legal knowledge, authority, gravitas and commercial nous to the table”. I’m most proud that they quote clients saying I am “easy to talk to and a pleasure to deal with” and that I know “how to find solutions to problems and [am] a creative thinker”. The contentious trust and probate team is ranked first in the North West.
What else should you know?
I am a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates. I am happy to deliver seminars or talks on any areas of specialism to all clients.