ProfileI have been practising as an independent barrister since 1997.
In terms of my practice, I specialise in the following fields of law.
I undertake cases involving matrimonial financial provision cases with particular ability in dealing with cases involving trusts, companies and business interests and intervenors. I regularly advise and represent parties involved in trusts of land and cohabitation disputes, which may also include Children Act 1989 Schedule 1 applications.
I have a longstanding civil law practice. In particular, I deal with personal injury cases including employer liability cases and fatal accidents. I deal with a variety of property disputes including landlord and tenant, real property and boundary disputes. I also accept instructions in relation to consumer, contractual and commercial disputes along with insolvency matters particularly debt avoidance cases.
Over the years, my wills and probate practice has increased significantly and in particular I deal with probate claims and cases involving issues as to the construction or interpretation of wills and the administration of estates. I also deal extensively with cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.
Court of Protection work has also increased by a huge amount in the last 7 years. My work involves dealing with best interests cases and deprivation of liberty cases involving claims arising under Articles 5 and 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. I also advise on matters involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005, lasting powers of attorney and deputy applications and orders. I deal with cases involving care and residential home costs.
My clerks, Wayne Effeny, Sophie Lanzoni and Ben McLachlan can be contacted to discuss my availability to undertake direct access cases - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon an enquiry being made, the clerks will request key information and identification documents. My aim is to respond to your enquiry within 3 working days within which I may contact you to discuss the suitability of your case to be dealt under the direct access scheme. There are formalities to put into place through a letter of agreement.
In undertaking direct access work, I aim to give you very realistic advice, providing details of all the potential options available including practical means of solving the issues or problems without having to go to court. I ensure that my advice is clear and can be understood. I try to ensure that I give advice and guidance in plain English and in steps that can be easily followed by the client,
I have an approachable, down to earth and hands on approach. If there are ways of preventing problems escalating, becoming costly and stressful, I make sure those options are explored fully. I will give firm and constructive advice at all times.
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