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Before joining this firm, I practiced as a sole practitioner in Usk. I have always dealt with mainly Agricultural work, and have worked closely with the farming community in South East Wales and further afield for over 40 years.
I became a member of the Agricultural Law Association very soon after it was established in the 1970’s and have been consistently recommended as an expert in agricultural law by the influential and independent directories “Legal 500” and “Chambers”.
I deal with all aspects of Agricultural Law, and agricultural and rural property matters, as well as estate, tax planning and probate matters where there is an agricultural element.
I have practised as a solicitor in South Wales for over 20 years, including over 10 years at this firm.
I have a BA from Oxford University, I subsequently passed the Common Professional Examination in Law with Merit and then passed the Solicitors’ Final Examination at the first sitting.
My chosen area of specialisation since joining this firm is wills, trusts, estates and inheritance tax planning. In connection with this, I studied to join the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) (an organisation that includes solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, tax advisers and others whose work involves trusts or estates), and qualified as a full member in 2009. I regularly attend STEP meetings and training events, to ensure that I keep my knowledge fully up to date, and am currently the Treasurer of the Wales Chapter of STEP.
I also help people plan for the possibility that they might one day lose the capacity to manage their own financial affairs, as well as with what to do if this has already happened to a loved one.
Prior to joining the firm I gained experience in working in a number of different areas of law, and my wide legal knowledge can be an advantage if your matter branches out into other fields.
I enjoy learning languages and, having spent time living in mainland China, speak conversational Mandarin. Hefyd, dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg (I am also learning Welsh).
I have been with the firm or its predecessor Lloyd and Pratt all my working life having commenced my articles (training contract) in 1978 after gaining an LL.B. at University College, Cardiff. I qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and have practised in several areas of the law including crime, civil litigation and family law and have been a member of the wills and probate department for the last five years, now specialising in wills and lasting powers of attorney.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2012. I attained a degree in Law LLB (Hons) before completing the Legal Practice Course in 2009.
I have been working in our property team since I qualified and deal with all aspects of residential conveyancing including transfers of equity, purchases, sales and re-mortgages I am also able to offer advice in relation to Wills & Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.