First, I listen and try to understand the client's objectives and the issues involved. Then I seek to apply my knowledge and experience to provide pragmatic advice and solutions to real estate transactions.
I've been fortunate to be involved in some high-profile and challenging jobs which, as well as giving me some valuable experience, have enabled me to develop some close and valued relationships that I can draw on to provide the best advice.
I try to recognise everyone's contribution and appreciate that without the support of my colleagues, clients and their other advisers I cannot provide the best advice that I can.
The development of the new US Embassy is certainly one to remember. As well as being a high profile transaction it presented a myriad of technical and practical issues to which there was a real collaborative approach from the representatives of the US government and their professional team. The development of the embassy was the catalyst for one of Europe's largest and most exciting regeneration areas.
My familiarity with the Nine Elms regeneration on London's South Bank assisted my appointment by St Modwen Properties and Vinci in their bid to become the preferred development partner of the Covent Garden Market Authority. It is particularly gratifying to work as part of a client's multi-disciplinary team, which was successfully appointed following a lengthy public procurement process, against strong competition.
Finally, I would select the development of the new Swansea University £450 million Bay Campus. I worked as part of the St. Modwen team from the initial acquisition of the site from BP Chemicals, through the competitive dialogue process, to its selection as the preferred development partner of Swansea University and then subsequently on all aspects of the development of the campus. That has included remediation, planning, the development agreement with the university that provides for subsequent phases as the campus expands, and the forward funding of the first phase of 970 units of student accommodation with the M&G Secured Income Fund. The many component parts required me to assemble and lead a team of five partners and six other lawyers to provide advice and to deliver all aspects required for this project. Although I have led teams on transactions in the past this was the largest redevelopment project where I had primary responsibility for the work of the team. I really appreciated the quality and commitment of my colleagues and the need to ensure that I communicated everything with each of them, so as to deliver the service that the client required.
Ballymore Properties, Barwood Developments, CERN Pension Fund, Intu Propertie,s Lothbury Property Trust Company, St Modwen Properties, The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society.
I am fortunate to have a very supportive and understanding family, and I try to recognise the support they have provided throughout my career by focusing my non-working time on them to ensure that we all support each other in our various interests. These range from classical studies, through to music, food, sport and travel, so we have a fairly full and enjoyable time away from work.