Qualifications: Solicitor (College of Law, Guildford: Solicitors Finals Exams)
Degree: Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Birmingham University
Stuart is a commercial solicitor with considerable experience of serving a wide range of commercial clients over the last 25 years. His clients include banks, building societies, property developers and builders as well as businesses in the services and manufacturing sectors.
His work includes share sales and acquisitions, reorganisations and buy-backs, including management buy-outs and buy-ins, business (asset) sales and purchases, business finance and security (both for lending institutions and businesses), shareholders’ and joint venture agreements, new company set-ups, articles of association (for commercial and charitable companies), partnership deeds, LLP agreements and rules for clubs.
Stuart also handles a wide range of commercial contracts, including those for the supply of goods and services (including public-sector contracts for provision of services), landowners’ collaboration agreements for property development, software and other intellectual property licences, loan and other banking and security documentation.
He also has experience of contentious matters such as general commercial claims in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, mediation relating to commercial contracts (including ‘overage’ agreements), restrictive covenants over land, negligence, trespass and nuisance, as well as claims to possession of land and boundary disputes. Although he no longer practises as a contentious lawyer, he brings his experience of such matters to advising commercial clients on how best to avoid and resolve disputes within their businesses, whether at board or shareholder level.
Stuart is married with three children. He has a keen interest in history, especially medieval and military, and was formerly historical advisor and treasurer of a 15th Century re-enactment society. He is also interested in aviation, especially First and Second World War ‘warbirds’, and appreciates a wide range of music, from classical to heavy rock. Stuart is a keen supporter of Rugby Union (England and Bath), runs and walks to keep fit and enjoys the occasional game of badminton. He also shot in several archery competitions at school and University and played hockey for the Law Faculty.