I specialise in disputes – helping clients to avoid, settle and, when necessary, fight them. I act for businesses, charities, public bodies and private individuals dealing with a wide range of contentious issues. With almost 20 years’ experience, I understand the financial, commercial and reputational impact a dispute can have. I give clear, pragmatic advice to help you manage risks, identify solutions and achieve them.
I advise on the full range of disputes affecting charities, with particular experience of supporting charities dealing with periods of severe challenge and crisis, whether as a result of internal disputes, claims by third parties, or regulatory scrutiny.
I’m frequently instructed in cases involving fraud and asset recovery, breach of fiduciary duties and the misappropriation of confidential information, including obtaining and resisting injunctions. I have been appointed by the High Court as a Supervising Solicitor in more than 20 search orders.
I also handle media disputes: defamation, privacy and confidentiality. I help publishers defend themselves against complaints and threats; I also have particular experience at the pre-publication stage, advising a wide range of charities, campaigning organisations and investigative journalists on draft reports and campaign materials. On the other side of the fence, I’m equally comfortable advising clients threatened with the publication of unwelcome material, almost invariably at short notice.
Of course, I see disputes in all sorts of other areas too. We’re a versatile team and over my career I’ve acted in contentious matters in many fields: professional negligence claims, building and construction disputes, shareholder disputes and health and safety investigations and prosecutions. I have worked across the divisions of the High Court, including specialist lists (Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court and Companies Court), and have successfully resolved disputes through mediation and adjudication.
Following a complex forensic IT investigation, the Defendants gave undertakings to the High Court and paid my client’s costs.
arising from a dispute involving a trustee, providing “on call” support on governance, regulatory, reputational and other issues.
Following prolonged engagement with the journalist, I was able to deter publication and the investigation into my client was dropped.