I started my career in London in 1970, working for several law firms, before moving out to Hertfordshire in 1976. During these early years I 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.