I graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in law in 1990 and subsequently worked in advice work for five years dealing with welfare benefits, money advice and housing matters. I moved to Welch Airs & Co as a trainee solicitor, and qualified in 1998, becoming a partner in 2002. Whilst with Welch Airs & Co I undertook a broad spectrum of work including family, welfare benefits, and elderly client matters.
Welch Airs and Co merged with Ben Hoare Bell in 2007. I am now head of the Housing department and was made a Partner of Ben Hoare Bell in 2011.
I have extensive experience in housing litigation, and am able to advise and represent landlords, tenants and homeowners in all types of housing law matters. I have been a Legal Aid Agency Housing Supervisor since 2010.
I try wherever possible to resolve matters through negotiation and without the need for protracted proceedings but should Court proceedings be necessary I have many years’ experience of representation. Throughout your case I will provide you with practical and realistic advice as to the best way forward.
I have a particular interest in unlawful eviction cases and possession and other proceedings relating to Anti-Social Behaviour as well as those involving human rights issues.
I am also head of our expanding Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputyship department and act as a Professional Deputy.
I also undertake other work in the Court of Protection and I am regularly instructed to bring applications challenging deprivations of liberty under section 21A Mental Capacity Act 2005.
In May 2019 I achieved Accredited Legal Representative/Accredited Practitioner status on the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.
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