Partner

I am the partner running the dispute resolution and commercial litigation team.  People come to us to resolve their difficult and complex business disputes.  We try hard to avoid litigation as litigation is expensive and slow but for those cases where it cannot be avoided we field the expertise and the appropriate team.

I have a great many years of experience which I use to demonstrate to my clients that I am a sharp and tenacious problem-solver.  Experience counts.  I run a very confident team who does not flout overly aggressive litigation approaches which often serve only to run up costs.  Our style is to quietly work out the pressure points,  and apply intelligence and a solid knowledge of the litigation system to then go onto lever results.  The team is set up to deal with complex cases often of high value.  The courts require proportionality and the decision to instruct Gannons where we are in touch with real life and realise the cost of legal advice is an overhead is a good move.

Background

Brasenose College, Oxford-educated, I cut my teeth in commercial litigation and insolvency at leading City law firms, before joining Gannons.

Professional memberships

  • Solicitor
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Expertise

The areas of work the commercial litigation and dispute team undertakes includes but is not limited to:

Shareholder and partnership disputes

We resolve a great number of shareholder and partnership disputes.  We are well versed in the practical issues which arise such as a lack of paperwork and know how to get around such problems.  We analyse the strength of the case, evaluate the available evidence and calculate how to deal with the issues effectively.  There is often an overlap on tax and valuation of interests in businesses and we co-ordinate advice so that all issues are dealt with and key factors do not fall through the cracks.

Employment law litigation and disputes

We work for directors, executives and employers on high value claims.  The team handles cases in the Employment Tribunal, county court and higher courts.  We take cases through all the stages from the disciplinary hearing, dismissal through to issuing a claim.  We have experience in running breach of contract claims often revolving around bonus payments.  Another area of expertise relates to bringing and defending team moves – we apply for and defend applications to court for injunctions.

Commercial contracts

We can advise on breach of any type of commercial contract and quantify the likely damages payable as a result of breach.  We deal with clients who want to terminate a contract early.  The sectors we have been involved with are diverse.  My approach is that it is the strategy for dealing with the contract and the allegations which is often of more importance than detailed knowledge of the particular sector.

Settlement of disputes

We always have an eye for settlement and how that can be achieved.  Mediation is popular for all types of disputes.  We prepare cases for mediation and select and present the evidence to put you in the best position for a good outcome.  We advise on the full range of alternatives to litigation including undertakings to court.

Why I love my job

A belief that everything has a solution and then finding the right solution for the situation. Gannons is a good firm having attracted a tremendously talented team which in turn attracts stimulating work and clients.

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