After graduating from Cambridge I spent five years with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, working my way up from legal assistant to associate solicitor. I assisted with the high-value litigation and contentious regulatory matters for which the firm is famed. Upon qualification I joined the firm’s disputes practice, working primarily on banking matters which pitted small and medium businesses against the big high street banks. I joined Gannons so I could stop taking my instructions from grey-faced in-house counsel and instead work for people and companies with a genuine stake in what they do.
Shareholder and partnership disputes
When people go into business together, they rarely imagine falling out. This is especially true of friends and family. Young businesses understandably prioritise getting up and running rather than imagining how their relationship might break down, but when a dispute does arise this can cause complications. Disputes between shareholders or partners can be fraught at the best of times, especially if the relationship was poorly defined because of inadequate articles of association or a badly drafted shareholders agreement. I am familiar with the issues which arise when business relationships end, and I’m always happy to assist.
Employment issues can arise in the most unlikely places. Directors may be employees, and an attempt to replace them might end in a trip to the Employment Tribunal. I know all about the aspects of Employment Law which butt up against business and commercial matters. Sometimes it’s not clear whether an employment relationship exists at all. I can help you avoid that particular bear-trap.
I understand that lengthy disputes are particularly disruptive to tech companies, where any delay might result in an important client being lost or jeopardise a potential investment. That is why, for any technology dispute, I encourage the use of the Adjudication Scheme recently introduced by the Society for Computers and Law. This is a procedure for resolving any dispute which arises from a contract for a tech-related good or service, and it is guaranteed to result in an enforceable outcome within three months.
I am familiar with the tools used for Electronic disclosure, and can use them to effectively handle high volumes of data. Lawyers sometimes try to bury their opponents under mountains of paper. I can keep up, and keep your costs down.
Why I love my job
I like solving problems, and being the useful person when things have gone wrong. I have extensive experience working for big companies and banks, and I want to use what I learnt during that time to help you.