After graduating from St Andrews University, I qualified as a solicitor in 1987 at Speechly Bircham. After nine years at Druces & Attlee, I joined Gordon Dadds in 1999. My key practice areas are family and matrimonial law, specialising in divorce and family disputes, and in particular the financial ramifications of relationship breakdowns. I also have expertise in private children work. My principal aim is to try to resolve difficult and often intractable disputes quickly and fairly, and with the least possible damage to family relationships. Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as shooting, playing tennis and golf.
What is your most interesting legal experience?
My most interesting legal experiences are the times I have seen judgments given in the High Court or the Court of Appeal. This is where you see the best legal minds in the country in action.
What is your best legal anecdote?
As a student I attended at the Magistrates Court on a case of indecent exposure. The defendant (who was particularly unprepossessing) was being cross-examined relatively fiercely by the prosecuting barrister as to his whereabouts on the date of the incident, which was the 12th August. He consistently claimed that he had no idea of his whereabouts, and the defending counsel lent across and in a stage whisper suggested to the prosecuting counsel that his client had 'probably been out shooting grouse'.
Druces & Attlee, Assistant Solicitor & Partner
Speechly Bircham, Trainee and Assistant Solicitor
Law Society Finals, College of Law
MA (Hons), St Andrews University
The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer for Private Client – Family, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, described as:
"calm, extraordinarily reassuring and extremely experienced at resolving the most difficult disputes"
“highly competent practitioner”
"good value for a Central London Partner"
"highly experienced, working with him is a constructive and productive process"
Chambers UK – ranked in Chambers UK 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Band 4 for Family/Matrimonial and described as:
"very sensible, very mature and experienced"
"He has good judgement and a sensible approach"
"an exceptional lawyer"
"is one step ahead of the game”
"experienced and looks after his clients without taking silly points”
"great to deal with,"
"one of the best-value solicitors in London."
Super Lawyers UK (part of Thomson Reuters) – recognised as a London Super Lawyer, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Citywealth's Leaders List - noted on the Honours List for his Family and Matrimonial work in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Best Lawyers® in the United Kingdom - recognised in Family Law from 2009 through to 2019.
The Justinian Society