Neil’s working background started as an Independent Financial Advisor before joining the Bar in 2000 and he is now a practising barrister and, having completed mediator training with the London School of Mediation 2011 and practice in 2012, an Accredited Mediator.
Neil brings a wealth of experience to the commercial bar having qualified and worked as an Independent Financial Advisor in the areas of finance and wealth management where he spent his initial years looking at the commercial reality of circumstances. Now at the Bar, Neil uses the variety of skills he has acquired from his previous work experience and his various practice areas to identify key issues and provide realistic, neutral and commercially-sensitive expertise across a wide spectrum of cases.
The majority of his practice now relates to commercial disputes, however, he is happy to accept instructions to mediate across a wide range of matters and not just those in which he practices. This is due to his firm belief that the mediation process if used properly, is a cost-effective way of ensuring the “real” interests are brought to the fore and resolved.
Neil is also an Advocacy Tutor and Teacher for Lincoln’s Inn, the Bar of Ireland, at the ICC in the Hague and at a member of the Faculty at the International Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. He is also an Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Institute of CPD (managed by the RICS).
Neil is also fully qualified in obtaining instructions, providing advice and going to court on a Direct Access basis.
Outside of the law, Neil has a keen interest in sport and in particular skiing, cricket and hockey. He is a qualified England Hockey Level 3 coach and umpire.
Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn
Fellow of the Institute of CPD
Member of The Personal Finance Society and The Chartered Insurance Institute