Hailing originally from South Wales, I read Law at Southampton University and graduated with a LL.B (Hons) degree. I qualified as a solicitor in 1985, having attended the College of Law in Guildford and completed my articles (as training contracts were then called) in the legal department of a local authority. I worked in a number of fields, including spending some years as a law lecturer before deciding to specialise in wills, probate and powers of attorney, known as ‘private client law’. My department also deals with looking after the interests of people who lack mental capacity which sometimes involves making applications to the Court of Protection for Deputyship orders. To support my specialism, I qualified as a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners by achieving a Distinction in the membership exams. I am also a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section and the national body, Solicitors for the Elderly.
When dealing with cases involving probate and the administration of estates, I meet clients at very difficult times in their lives. I am committed to providing clients with a sympathetic, helpful approach and as far as possible taking away the concerns they may have about the probate process. When it comes to writing wills and power of attorney, I ensure that I give time to listening to and understanding my clients’ wishes. I aim to put these wishes into a legal written form, while avoiding too much technical language and ‘legalese’.
When away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking in the local countryside, baking and singing in a choir.