I joined Balfour+Manson LLP in February 2015 having previously been a partner at another medium sized firm.
The reason I chose to be a lawyer was to help people. To do this you need to understand where they are coming from, and the area or market they are operating in, whether that is a sole trader, a charity, a large business or public body. Only then can you understand their goals and priorities. Then you can agree the best way to help, the right mixture of processing a transaction efficiently, identifying an angle from the law or the property, or helping control the pace of the negotiation.
I enjoy working with many different types of clients, from large commercial or public sector organisations, charities and small businesses to private individuals.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors (walking, cycling, sailing), reading and with family. I am also an elder in our local church.
Having specialised in commercial property since 1987, I have had enough time to build up good experience in all the main sectors - office, industrial, retail, leisure, and in acting for occupiers, investors, developers and lenders.
I have also been heavily involved in more specialist areas such as social housing, public sector property projects (such as housing PFIs), grants and aquaculture, and advising on property law reform. I enjoy both working out how straightforward transactions can be done better, and dealing with pathfinder projects.
Neither law nor the property market will stay the same, and that is something I enjoy.