After being called to the bar in 1993, I qualified as a solicitor in 1997, training at Davenport Lyons where I stayed until I joined Gordon Dadds in 2014. I have focussed primarily on family law, specialising in ancillary relief and finances, as well as child law, which I am particularly passionate about. I have also advised a number of high profile clients in the music business and have worked through difficult issues involving IP law and trust issues.
Outside of work, I am a culture vulture: I love theatre, cinema and dance.
What is your best legal anecdote?
In a fraud related matter in Gibraltar, the other side, who my client was suing, had a very eminent QC who argued that the Judge was not entitled to look into their company in great detail, despite the serious allegations set out against their client. The Judge said that he was convinced by that argument unless there was a compelling argument as to why he should investigate. As I was reviewing the case law, I found a Bankruptcy fraud case where the court was persuaded by counsel that in these circumstances the court had a duty to look at the merits of the case. The counsel in the case was the QC who was currently arguing against this very point! Needless to say, the Judge agreed with me and there was a very embarrassed QC.
What is your most interesting legal experience?
My most interesting legal experience was acting for a father who was unaware he had a child. The case involved DNA testing to establish paternity.
Manchester University, LLB
Davenport Lyons, Solicitor, Middle Temple Training
Resolution Collaborative Law Mediator