Feldon Dunsmore was founded by long-time friends and colleagues Steven Petty and Paul Harrison at the start of 2014 offering specialist partner level commercial property legal advice to business, private individuals and developers.
The firm also offers a base for senior lawyers to provide legal services to their clients.
I first announced to my parents that I wanted to be a lawyer when I was ten years old. Four years studying law at Nottingham University and Nottingham Law School failed to put me off the Law and I have now been advising on commercial property matters for fifteen years.
I like nothing better than walking round a development site in my wellies with one of my developer clients. I believe that no lawyer can advise a property developer without visiting the site and I am always surprised to hear that many other lawyers don’t bother.
When I am in the office, I spend much of my time negotiating deals for my clients. My aim is to always achieve a better result for my clients than they were expecting. I have even been known to save my clients money.
I particularly enjoy advising new businesses as I feel it is here that the advice I can give is most valuable. The complexities of a lease of commercial premises or the intricacies of an asset purchase agreement can be daunting for clients who are understandably focused on making their new business a success. I am happy to do the boring (but essential) stuff for my clients to protect them from any unpleasant surprises in the future.
When I'm not making things with words I can be found spending time with my wife, Natalie and three children, Louis, Tess and Molly.
I act for a range of clients including landlords, tenants, developers and banks advising on all aspects of the law relating to business premises and property generally. I have extensive knowledge and experience in sales and purchase negotiation; portfolio investment and management; development agreements and disposals.
I pride myself on being very approachable and giving my clients straightforward and practical legal advice to enable them to meet their objectives. From previous experience I am well aware that the ability to negotiate the best deal is crucial and appreciate the commercial context of a transaction is equally important to dealing with the legal intricacies.
When not working I can usually be found taking part in, watching or generally boring people about sport and Derby County in particular. I have also recently been persuaded to invest in the leg of a race horse.
Outside of work I'm kept busy by my wife Louise and two daughters.