I have almost 40 years experience of dealing with agricultural law and rural issues. I have hands on experience of livestock farming and judging to the highest level, including County Royal and the Royal Welsh Shows.
I believe in giving clear practical advice, with a sense of humour, and enjoy unknotting complex legal issues. My main areas of expertise are landlord and tenant, partnership, animal welfare, CAP reform and compliance issues. I am also an accredited mediator, and deal with arbitrations, tribunals and public enquiries.
My law degree was obtained from Cambridge University and I was articled in Lincoln’s Inn before moving to Derbyshire and developing expertise in agricultural law. I am also known as a lecturer and author, being one of the co-authors of The Agricultural Precedents Handbook, published by Jordans.
Away from the office, I am very keen on sheep and beef farming, and sheep dog trials. I was secretary of the English National Sheep Dog Trials in 2008 and I am a past president, chairman and secretary of Dovedale Sheep Dog Trials, and was chairman of the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials held on the Lowther Estate in Cumbria.