Solicitor – admitted 1999
I am a Partner in Michelmores’ Private Property and Landed Estates team. Working closely with a mix of private individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, trustees and charities, my instructions generally involve advising on substantial landed estate, agricultural and country house transactions for either the seller or the buyer.
My previous career as a Rural Chartered Surveyor is invaluable in advising on a myriad of enquiries and issues arising from the day-to-day management of those properties.
I have been, and continue to be involved with, properties all over England and Wales, particularly across the south of England. I am proud to be recognised as an expert in my practice area as being Top Ranked in Chambers UK, and I am a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500.
Whilst much of my personal work is property based, building long term relationships with clients is central to what I do. Clients often seek my advice and input into a myriad of both legal and practical issues that affects them, their lives or their families. Maintaining relationships with clients and their wider family, introducing and involving colleagues with clients is important to me.
I joined Michelmores as part of its expansion into Bristol. I knew of Michelmores due to my dealings with them but what I didn’t appreciate was the collegiality and great culture that exists which has been maintained and developed as the Firm has grown.
Acting for the Seller of a substantial Landed Estate in Wiltshire with a substantial main house, agricultural, commercial and residential tenancies (including re-drafting 7 new agreements), a myriad of public rights of way, a private water supply and access issues. Navigating detailed negotiations with numerous parties, their solicitors and land agents I secured the sale and a positive outcome for our client
Acting for the buyer of a complex and substantial farm with two FBT tenants, three commercial lets and a road widening scheme in progress. The farm consisted of 16 separate title and the buyer wanted to split the farm into two separate ownerships which involved complex drafting and negotiation of an overage agreement with bank borrowing. The sale completed and the client was delighted
Acting for the buyer of a dairy farm as a going concern where the client with his siblings inherited the farm form their parents with bank borrowing. The purchase involved complex and detailed negotiations with solicitors acting for all the various parties as well as the seller’s solicitor and land agents in respect of the purchase of the livestock, deadstock and tenant right valuations and the complex division of the sale proceeds.