I am a consultant and have over 35 years’ experience as a litigator advising on a broad range of contentious issues, both in formal dispute proceedings and outside of them. As a qualified mediator, I am able to assist in all aspects of the dispute resolution process. I am also a highly experienced Supervising Solicitor.

I advise a range of clients, including companies and their directors, individuals, charities and not-for profit-organisations, trusts and trustees, on a variety of contentious issues such as:

  • Contractual and tortious disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Fraud, asset tracing and recovery
  • Insolvency (both corporate and individual)
  • Banking and mortgage disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Construction and engineering disputes
  • Warranty claims
  • Contested probate and legacy disputes
  • Health and safety and corporate manslaughter
  • Product liability
  • US class action/UK group litigation
  • Jurisdiction/forum disputes
  • Sale of goods and services disputes
  • Debt collection


  • I acted for a Russian national in an arbitration before the London Court of International Arbitration.

    The case was one involving extortion/fraud. Instituting arbitration proceedings and dealing throughout to the obtaining of an award in the client’s favour. The award I secured entitled the client to repayment of approximately £8M and declared that he was under no obligation to pay a further approximately £7M otherwise payable under the terms of the relevant loan agreement entered into under duress.

  • I acted in a disputed property development matter involving family members.

    The dispute was as to whether advances made were loans or for an interest in various developments. Securing settlement on terms involving the transfer of property interests and payment of a significant sum. The matter involved company and personal liability, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, property and insolvency issues.

  • I acted for a major construction company with property interests in a claim for professional negligence, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty regarding valuation of outdoor advertising space situated on the client’s property. Obtaining an opinion on valuation and preparing letter of claim.
  • I advised a white goods manufacturer on product liability and health and safety issues regarding potential civil claims and/or criminal prosecution
  • I advised a charity on fraud by an internal financial officer, including obtaining urgent interim freezing order to prevent dissipation of assets, and obtaining judgment and a charging order over property to secure judgment, interest and costs
  • I advised a director/shareholder of a deadlocked 50/50 property investment and development company, with respect to a dispute with equal shareholders on the range of issues/claims arising
  • I advise hedge fund managers on termination of contracts and on their entitlements under complex inter-related agreements
  • I advised a supplier on the retention of title claims in respect of goods delivered to buyers who subsequently entered into insolvency (administration/liquidation)
  • I advised on the enforcement of a US judgement for a substantial sum in England against an English resident judgment debtor
  • I advised on confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act taken against a husband following criminal conviction, which affected the interests of his wife in jointly owned property; advising as to the wife’s rights in this regard
  • I advised a ski instructor in a substantial negligence claim brought by a severely injured skier
  • I advised a major theatre charity on a dispute regarding termination of an agreement, accounting arrangements and breach of intellectual property rights
  • I advised pension fund trustees on US Class Action and whether to become a plaintiff or not, following significant loss as a result of share investments made; advising as to risks and obligations in acting as lead plaintiff

Qualifications and career

  • Birmingham University, LLB (Hons) Law, 1978
  • College of Law, Lancaster Gate, 1979
  • Articled at Durrant Piesse, 1979
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1981
  • Partner at Lovell White Durrant, 1987
  • Partner at Hobson Audley, 1990
  • Partner at Bates Wells, 2000
  • Consultant at Bates Wells, 2021

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of City of London Solicitors Company
  • Member of London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • CEDR and ADR accredited mediator
  • Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • A contributor on insolvency matters to Jordan's “Business Law – A Guide for Entrepreneurs” (2007) and Jordan’s “Charities Trading and the Law” (2009), both written by BWB lawyers
  • Member of The Commercial Litigation Association
  • Member of The Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association