A "professional and approachable lawyer” with “exceptional communication skills" – Legal 500

I have considerable experience in – and understanding of – disputes and how to resolve them quickly and successfully.

I have represented clients of all sizes, from small web-based businesses and family members in dispute with each other, to national supermarket chains, a Premiership rugby club, a company purchasing a complete farm of wind turbines, and the bank which was purchased by Virgin Money.

I have acted in relation to a wide variety of commercial disputes, for example litigation arising from the sale of an e-commerce company and a dispute concerning the performance of an industrial air conditioning system.

I have acted in intellectual property disputes, such as for inventors where the US company, which bought their patent rights, stopped paying royalties, and for an import company, where the owner of a registered design alleged that its rights had been infringed.

When representing individuals, I have acted on a broad range of cases involving litigation within families, both between former partners to a relationship and between generations. These disputes will often relate to property or trusts. I am currently handling disputes over assets within estates worth well over £20 million. I understand the strong emotional responses which can be experienced when parties to a dispute know each other very well, for though on the surface these cases are about legal questions, money and assets, there are often other family issues not far below the surface.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1988 then worked initially for Clarke Willmott, for several years heading a litigation department of nearly 100 staff. I was most recently in the Dispute Resolution Department at that firm's Bristol office and took a key role in the early days of its IP team. I was responsible for the firm's own IT for many years and also sat on the management board. I joined Battens in 2009 as a director, becoming head of the Litigation and Commerce Division, and have sat on the company's board and on its management committee throughout my time here. I am now Chairman of the company.

Between 2011 and 2015, I was chair of the Institute of Directors in Somerset. I was also chair of the Somerset Employment and Skills Group in 2015 and 2016. I sat on the People Leadership Group of the Heart of the South West LEP, and was a board member of Somerset College till its successful merger with Bridgwater College in 2016.

I take time out from busy home and family life to run, cycle and play tennis. I qualified as an associate of the Royal College of Photography after five years' study.

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