I have over 25 years experience of dealing with the law, having studied at De Montfort University in Leicester.
I have a Master at Laws Degree. I am a joint founding partner of Robinsons Solicitors having established the firm in 2003 with Tim Clark.
For the past 10 years I have been focusing on developing the wills and probate department, having previously specialised in family law I have extensive experience in dealing with a range of Private Client matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, trusts, general tax planning and Court of Protection work including Deputyship applications.
I believe it is often the necessary practicalities involved when dealing with a bereavement that create an added burden on surviving relatives or friends. It is my aim to guide the family or friends through the process and provide practical and sensitive support. I will conduct the Probate work, advising the steps involved and obtaining the Grant of Probate if required.
I am experienced in administering estates of all sizes, from small simple estates to large, complex estates of high net worth individuals.
I act for many clients who have no family or anyone appropriate to assist them in managing their financial and welfare issues. Therefore, in addition to the clients legal needs I also deal with practical issues such as visiting nursing homes to discuss care arrangements and general financial affairs.
I regularly deal with matters involving the Court of Protection and I have been appointed Deputy to manage client’s financial affairs when loss of mental capacity has been established.
In all cases I aim to provide the highest level of service to all my clients and I am sensitive to Clients needs whether it be preparing for their financial future or dealing with bereavement.
When not conducting legal work I am an Ambassador for Porchlight which is a Kent based charity who assist homeless people back into society giving them help and guidance to able to live independently and finding work. I am also a Trustee for Kent Enterprise Trust. The Charity provides training for unemployed individuals to assist them in finding work. It also assists people with mental health problems finding work. Its aim is to help individuals to feel worthwhile and making a contribution to society.
I qualified as a solicitor in London and moved to Canterbury over 20 years ago.
I co- founded Robinsons Solicitors with Sandra Worth in 2003. I have extensive experience in most aspects of civil litigation including professional negligence, probate and inheritance disputes, boundary disputes, company/commercial and other contract disputes.
Whilst I have cases in the local County Courts of Kent the value and complexity of my areas of work means many of my cases are now in the Chancery Division of the High Court or the Commercial Company Court. This has lead to a number of my higher profile cases being reported in the legal press, for example the much publicised forged Will case of Supple v Supple. In addition I head up the personal injury department at Robinsons.
In a personal capacity I am the Chairman of Canterbury City Football Club and currently actively engaged with a local developer and the City Council in seeking to develop an 8 acre site to bring senior football back to Canterbury after an absence of almost 20 years.
My litigation career to date has given rise to a number of high profile reported cases in complex areas of litigation including:
Acting for the Claimant in the highly publicized “Supple” case in which a will was declared to be a forgery by the High Court. The case is now reported as Supple v. Pender  WTLR 1461
Representing clients in the removal of Executors ,Administrators and Trustees from office where there has been delay or bad faith in the administration of an estate or Trust. Such applications are made to the High Court in London. I acted for the successful claimant in the removal of a personal representative in the reported case of Heyman and Another v Dobson  All ER (D) 275
Cases of negligence by other professionals. I acted for the Claimants in the reported case of Scott & Scott v Kennedys Law LLP  EWHC 3808 (Ch) a successful claim for Professional Negligence against a firm of solicitors.
Cohabitation disputes involving unmarried couples. I acted for the claimant in the much publicised case of Cahill v Farrer (High Court July 2016) whereby a former unmarried cohabitee made a successful claim in respect of a property that her former partner claimed was really his.