Partner and head of team
I joined GA as partner and head of the dispute resolution team at the start of 2021. I qualified in 2002, having cut my teeth with large regional and national firms prior to joining GA.
My main area of expertise is within commercial disputes. This includes disputes between shareholders and directors, partnerships, as well as disputes concerning franchise agreements and enforcement of restrictive covenants. As a team we also deal with professional negligence claims.
My experience ranges from the County Court right up to Court of Appeal level, where I successfully defended a claim concerning the relationship between an insurance broker and the insured. I also have experience in dealing with disputes in different jurisdictions outside of England and Wales, including proceedings in Africa, the EEA and the Far East.
Like many practitioners within dispute resolution, my focus nowadays is on achieving the best results for clients outside of court proceedings wherever possible, saving them the time, money and aggravation of being caught up in this process. This includes resolution by means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation. For example, at my last mediation I negotiated a valuable outcome for a lender in their £1 million claim. I am also experienced in several different types of arbitration, having acted for clients in LCIA, LMAA and WIA proceedings.
Being from the region where GA is based and with my family here as well, it is important to me to be working for a local firm and providing client service excellence to businesses in the local area that they would expect from a high profile firm in one of the major cities.