I was brought up mostly in Warwickshire, and went to Shakespeare’s School in Stratford Up on Avon, which instilled in me a lifelong love of the works of the Bard. After obtaining a Law Degree at Leicester University and passing Solicitors Final examinations in Leeds I did my two years articles – that shows my age – in Doncaster. I then lectured in Law on a Business Course in Hampshire for four years before my wife and I moved to Wells in 1979. I joined the Wells firm of T G Pollard & Co and became a Partner there in 1982. In my early years I did a substantial amount of conveyancing, and then criminal law work before finally specialising in family law. In 2015 T G Pollard & Co joined forces with Chubb Bulleid, which is when I moved to the Street Office.
I am married with three children and three grandchildren.
My work involves dealing with divorce and related financial remedies and settlements, cohabitation and civil partnership breakdown as well as all aspects of private child law. I also handle cohabitation agreements and prenuptial agreements.
As a member of Resolution my primary aim is to guide clients through their situation with as little stress as possible, and in an effort to reach an amicable, progressive and fair solution. Where that proves impossible, for whatever reason, then I will represent my client in court proceedings with determination, civility and professionalism.
I have been Chairman and Vice Chairman of Wells Little Theatre where, for the last 25 years I have directed and acted in musicals, plays and pantomimes. I play the guitar in a small band and support Bristol City. Whenever I have enough time, I enjoy painting and genealogy.
I am a member of Resolution and a member of the Family Law Accreditation Scheme.
Favourite Film – Goodbye Mr Chips. I love any film which is so compelling that it takes you out of reality for a couple of hours. I like my reality, but I like the break from it every now and again.
Dogs or Cats – Cats. I once looked after 11 kittens, all at the same time!
First Single Bought – How Do You Do It by Gerry and the Pacemakers. I spent most of my Primary School years in Liverpool, it was a hit in 1963. 5 shillings and threepence.
Favourite Music – the Beatles.
Dream Car – one that never goes wrong.