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I have a broad practice encompassing a wide variety of chancery and commercial litigation, including advisory work. I have particular interest in insolvency and property law.

As regards insolvency, my practice includes:

petitions for bankruptcy and winding up
applications to set aside statutory demands
validation orders
annulment and rescission applications
applications for possession and sale
actions against officers for misfeasance
transactions at an undervalue, preferences, unlawful dividends etc
challenges to office-holders’ remuneration and expenses

My property-related work includes:

landlord and tenant disputes (residential and commercial, including ASBO-related matters)
real property (boundary disputes, adverse possession claims, easements and rights of way)
trusts of land matters (including orders for sale)
proprietary estoppel
mortgage repossessions (including mortgage fraud)

I am also particularly interested in disputes relating to beneficial interests in property.

My commercial practice covers:

company law
breach of contract
sale of goods
supply of services
contracts regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974
personal guarantees and indemnities

My probate-related practice covers:

the validity, interpretation and rectification of wills
administration of estates
claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
challenges to wills on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, and undue influence

I appear before a variety of tribunals, predominantly the High Court, the County Court, and the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)/Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Contact me
Members of the public may contact me using the message facility on this portal or via email to clerks@threestone.law. I will endeavour to respond within 2 working days, although this timescale is subject to my existing professional commitments. I will provide you with a quote as soon as possible. I always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you do not understand something, please contact me or my Clerks.

Fees
Upon accepting instructions, I will agree the basis upon which you are to be charged for the work to be done. In direct access cases, I will charge on a stage by stage fixed fee (plus VAT) basis, which will be set by reference to the nature and complexity of the case, the amount of reading and research involved, the likely length of any hearing, and my experience in that area of law. The agreed fee (together with the VAT) must be paid as soon as I accept instructions on your case.
I am registered by VAT and must therefore charge VAT on my fees. My number is 979115288.

Timescales
Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as my availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach, and Court waiting times. I will endeavour to provide you with estimated timescales in respect of each stage of the case. I will always give you an estimate of how long my own work at each stage may take.

Regulatory and Complaints Information
I am regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
This shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).
Whilst I always strive for excellence, you have the right to complain to my Chambers (Three Stone Chambers) if you are unhappy with my work.
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint, you have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, the independent complaints body for complaints about lawyers. You can contact the Legal Ombudsman at: -
Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ
Telephone number: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Please note that the Legal Ombudsman has time limits within which a complaint must be raised with them. You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 years of your barrister’s actions or failure to act OR no later than 3 years after you should reasonably have known there were grounds to complain. You must also complain to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving your barrister’s final response to your complaint.
You can also search the decision data on Legal Ombudsman's website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data. This shows providers which were subject to a Legal Ombudsman decision in the previous 12 months and whether the Legal Ombudsman required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact the LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this (or e-mail enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk).
Please see Three Stone's Complaints Procedure for more information - https://threestone.law/administration/complaints-procedure/

This profile was last reviewed on 24th March 2021.

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