Achieving Client Goals

My basic philosophy in conducting business with my clients can be summarised within one old cliché: I strive to build fences at the top of a cliff, rather than provide an ambulance at the bottom of it. I strongly believe in putting time and energy into initial due diligence and structuring of projects. The downside of this philosophy for clients is that they may make an investment of time and money into a project that does not proceed. The upside, which invariably exceeds the downside, is that the client can make an informed decision as to whether or not to proceed. The project will be properly structured. A well structured project will minimise the need to restructure, and carry out urgent remedial action.

An essential part of a lawyer/client relationship is the ability of adviser and client to communicate well and relate to each other. For the client to receive the best from the lawyer there must be an ongoing relationship of trust, and an ability for both parties to freely discuss the positives and negatives of a given situation; make a realistic assessment of commercial risks, and strategise accordingly. This can only all happen successfully in an atmosphere of mutual respect. I place great emphasis upon the personal relationships that I have developed with clients.

I am committed to providing my clients with competent, considered advice in a timely manner, at a reasonable cost.