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I qualified as a barrister in 2015 after a career as a Risk Analyst with a particular focus on AIM and Secondary Markets.

Legal Expertise

My primary area of commercial expertise is in financial services and banking. I’m currently instructed on two Commercial Court matters including:

  • A £1,000,000 commercial fraud claim against a former de facto Director relating to the illicit diversion of business away from the Company to a Competitor
  • A £1,200,000 Claim (brought under FSMA 2000) in relation to a dispute over unsecured bond agreements (more particularly a civil action for breach of the COBS rules).

I’m also acting in a number of matters in the Chancery Division, including:

  • Defending a £1,000,000 Claim relating to a secured finance agreement on the basis of illegality and FSMA 2000
  • A Claim against a private share market for damages exceeding £1,000,000 relating to a refusal to list shares.

I occasionally appear in the Queen’s Bench Division, most recently in relation to a claim involving breach of confidence/privacy/libel (in a Commercial context). I’ve also appeared in the Technology and Construction Court in disputes where there is a “Chancery” element to the case.

In addition to my financial and banking expertise I’m also experienced in insolvency cases and I’m currently instructed in the upcoming trial of two Companies Court actions relating to preferences, director misfeasance and alleged fraud. I regularly attend Winding-Up Court (including the trial of disputed debt petitions) and the Interim Applications Court to obtain Injunctions restraining presentation of a Petition. I can also assist with public examinations, bankruptcy petitions (including the trial of whether offers have been unreasonably refused, and petitions with an international element). Finally, I have experience of insolvency claims in the context of probate.

I also have a keen interest in costs-only insolvency work and recently advised in relation to an application to set aside default costs certificates issued in Insolvency Proceedings and have advised on the subsequent detailed assessment proceedings before the SCCO. I’m happy to advise on the drafting and preparation of costs proceedings (Points of Objection/Precedent A/R etc).

In addition to my commercial practice, I have a successful practice acting for clients in a wide range of probate disputes. My primary focus is on the 1975 Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act but I’ve also acted on several applications to remove Executors under section 50 AJA 1985. I regularly receive instructions on CPR Part 64 (Non-Contentious) Trusts claims.

I also have a keen interest in costs-only probate work and in particular I’ve acted in relation to the detailed assessment of Executor-Solicitor costs in the Senior Courts Costs Office. I also enjoy advising about the reasonableness and proportionality of the costs of Estate Administration. In particular, I have an interest in the assessment of Third Party costs.

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