I qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and have 37 years post qualification experience, many of them as a litigator. I joined Gordon Dadds from Davenport Lyons in 2014 and have particular expertise in retail motor industry disputes.
I also have broad experience in general commercial disputes, contentious probate, consumer law and employment law (having previously set up and headed an employment law department at Wallace LLP). My professional experience includes acting in the multi-jurisdictional Interoil SA cases in 2005 and 2006, involving a $200m claim, and an arbitration case that gave rise to ‘the Dadourian guidelines’ on the exercise of the court’s discretion to grant permission to a claimant seeking to enforce a Worldwide Freezing Order abroad.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife and young daughter.
What would your best words of advice be?
Consider all means of settling your disputes short of a trial. Whilst our legal system and judiciary is second to none, the litigation risks and costs inherent in proceeding to trial should not be undertaken by any party unless it becomes absolutely unavoidable.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My legal career has brought me into contact with clients in an enormous variety of industries, which has given me a valuable and informative insight into the dynamics of companies and sectors which I would otherwise not have acquired.
Davenport Lyons, Salaried partner
Boardmans Solicitors, Associate
Wallace LLP, Equity Partner
The Legal 500 - recommended lawyer in 2017 and 2018 for Commercial Litigation, described as being able to 'handle difficult cases and clients’