I have lived in Bedfordshire for all my life, and studied at Bedford Modern School. I qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and have practiced in Bedford since then. I now lead our commercial team and deal with commercial property transactions and also disputes for private and commercial clients.
My experience covers the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial properties and advising on development sites. I also deal with agricultural land matters and agricultural leases. As far as disputes are concerned, my main specialisation is dealing with disputes involving property, particularly landlord and tenant disputes in relation to both residential and commercial properties. I regularly give talks and presentations on property topics to property owners.
For many years I predominantly practised family and civil law. I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997 and in 1999 qualified as a solicitor.
I have experience of all types of litigation including housing, commercial, dispute resolution, disputed wills and probate, insolvency and debt recovery.
I have successfully concluded a case in the Supreme Court, which clarifies the law surrounding harassment: Hayes v Willoughby.
I am a member of ACTAPS which is the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.
My main area of practice now is non contentious probate advising upon the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and dependants) Act 1975 and disputes in relation to trusts.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and have worked in private practice ever since, both in London and later in a regional practice where I became a partner and head of the litigation team.
I have experience of all types of litigation including contractual and commercial disputes, negligence actions, property litigation and disputed wills and probate. I joined Sharmans in May 2018 where I act for both individual and commercial clients and also advise on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.
I qualified as a Legal Executive in 2013, after which I went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at De Monfort University and qualified as a solicitor in January 2016.
I advise and represent businesses and private individuals in areas involving property disputes, landlord and tenant disputes and general litigation.
I spent the first part of my legal career in local government where I specialised in civil and regulatory litigation. I made a move to private practice in early 2018 and never looked back.
I have a broad experience of civil and commercial litigation matters including property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant, residential landlord and tenant, housing, contract disputes and debt recovery.
I have a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach and aim to settle disputes at the earliest opportunity.
Prior to embarking on a career in law, I completed a degree in economics and international business which helps me bring a commercial dimension to the advice I give.