After reading Law at Nottingham University where (apart from captaining the team on BBC2’s University Challenge!) he won the Nottingham Graduates Mooting Prize, Neil carried out his earlier training in London in the Chambers of Richard Ferguson QC.
Neil has experience of advising in a wide range of property matters whether it be General, Residential (social housing, private lettings and long leases) or Commercial Property Disputes (in particular matters arising under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954). He also has a vast range of experience in relation to mortgage disputes, possession hearings, applications to suspend warrants, forfeiture, charging orders and orders for sale.
In addition to analyzing the law, Neil understands the importance of obtaining documentary or oral evidence to support submissions. He is accomplished in sifting through extensive amounts of paperwork/ information in order to be able to identify the relevant issues quickly. He is also experienced in careful and proper witness-handling and understands the importance of this skill to try to obtain the most persuasive and effective evidence for the court.
Adopting a no-nonsense, common sense approach Neil is a firm believer in a professional, clear and practical approach and getting direct to the heart of the matter, both in conferences and at Court. Thus, he likes to adopt a “hands-on” approach to cases both pre and post-issue by arranging conferences with clients (both professional and lay clients) early to discuss matters such as the merits of the case, to assess the credibility of witnesses and to offer practical advice on how the case should progress, in particular procedures and evidence.
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