I am a consultant in the real estate department supporting other lawyers and specialising in stamp duty land tax (SDLT).
As a commercial property lawyer in the City for over 30 years I dealt with major development and investment projects, especially shopping centres.
For 10 years, I headed a property department in a City firm. In 2003 I joined Cripps as a full-time commercial property consultant, taking an interest in SDLT, which was introduced that year. Since 2013 I have worked part-time, training staff in SDLT and answering their queries.
Since the early 1970s, I have been an advocate for plain language in the law, and I am responsible for many standard legal forms, including the RICS Common Auction Conditions that the majority of property auctioneers use.
For ten years starting in 2010 I was also the practice and precedents editor of an academic journal, the Conveyancer and Property Lawyer.
I have, since the 1980s, regularly lectured on legal topics, now exclusively on SDLT, training lawyers and accountants in the subject.
Areas of expertise:
- Stamp duty land tax
- Plain language drafting
- Landlord and tenant
- Major developments
- Overage agreements
Qualifications and memberships
- LLB (Hons) Manchester 1967
- Qualified in April 1970
- Member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group