I started my career in London in 1970, working for several law firms, before moving out to Hertfordshire in 1976. During these early years he became experienced in commercial leases of offices in the West End of London and commercial property transactions in general.
Since 1976 I have gained extensive experience of rural and agricultural law issues, charity property transactions, environmental law, land development and business asset sales and purchases.
Highlights in my professional career include:
- advising residents in respect of a public planning enquiry, resulting in a major plc being refused planning consent for the construction of a large superstore in a sensitive rural setting;
- acting for residents in successfully opposing an application at the Lands Tribunal by a major plc, to modify old land covenants, to enable the dumping of thousands of tons of inert waste in the middle of the countryside;
- acting for land owning clients in a large option deal for the redevelopment of hundreds of acres of land for housing and as a leisure centre; and
- giving thanks to the Polish Ambassador to the Court of St. James, at a trade meeting held to promote commerce in the East Anglian region.
I am currently a trustee of a preservation trust, and have also been:
- a Life Governor of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund before it merged with Cancer Research UK;
- a chairman for several years of a chamber of commerce;
- a member of the Environmental Law Foundation;
- a member of a Business Improvement Scheme Council;
- President of a Rotary Club; and
- a Parish Councillor.
My personal values feed into my professional life in the sense, that I believe law should be practised in a modern manner, but with ethics still being at its heart.My interests include visiting Italy, impressionist and post-impressionist art and Cubism, Celtic music and legal politics. I also enjoy running and have taken part in the Hertfordshire 10k on several occasions and the Great North Run.