I believe in treating people as I would want to be treated, explaining legal complexities in a user-friendly way, and offering honest and trusted advice.
As a Partner at Shoosmiths, I ran the Wills, Family and Wealth Department in Milton Keynes, and managed complex cases (primarily for very wealthy clients with multiple assets) building up my expertise in tax planning and trusts.
When I was made redundant in 2010, I realised that for many firms I was an over qualified and expensive potential partner with a niche specialism. Revisiting a more general legal position reminded me what I loved about law – dealing with the public and providing a great personal service.
Working as a locum solicitor gives me (and you) the best of both worlds. I can make the most of the experience I have and offer value to other solicitors, while enjoying a broad range of cases and control over my own schedule.
Of course trusts aren’t just relevant to the wealthy, or for tax planning purposes (although I have advised lottery winners as part of the Camelot Advisory Panel). I have significant experience and expertise in helping elderly, vulnerable and disabled clients, and a particular interest in advising on cohabiting issues. I’ve written various articles on protecting the interests of cohabitees and have spoken about this subject on local radio programmes. I am experienced in dealing with all aspects of inheritance tax and also deal with the creation and administration of trusts.
I am a member of the Law Society Private Client Section, Action on Elder Abuse and a former honorary secretary of Northamptonshire Law Society
I live in Northampton, and have worked predominately in this area (including positions in Milton Keynes and Leicester). I work with a number of local professionals and am keen to support firms in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes with all their interim Will, Trust and Probate needs.