"FD provided more than we anticipated and with a level of professionalism that surpassed our previous advisors. It was a genuine pleasure to do business with them and there was an honest feeling of involvement with the whole process."
"Exceedingly professional and approachable at every level. I highly recommend his services."
"Steven has worked with us to close two leases on commercial property. His pricing is extremely competitive and his attention to detail is excellent. He works hard to make sure that the contract contains all of the information and benefits to you as the client. We will hire Steven again and plan on working together for a long time."
"I have worked with Paul over the course of approximately 10 years and can thoroughly recommend his knowledge of business law and expertise with regard to commercial property matters. I have no hesitation in referring my own clients to him."
I am very much a Warwickshire lad. I was born in an apartment over the “Star and Garter” public house in Leamington Spa and have never strayed too far from the county!
Convinced that I would not do well in my examinations at school, I secured an apprenticeship to train as a welder. However, my exam results were better than I had anticipated and so I decided that I should continue with my education. I therefore undertook a business studies course at the Mid-Warwickshire College. That is when I developed a keen interest in the law and decided that I wanted to become a solicitor.
Whilst I was studying I used to work in a shop in my spare time where customer service was everything. I therefore developed some good people skills which have been just as important in my legal career.
Since qualifying as a solicitor I have worked in private practice. During the first few years, I covered a wide range of practice areas. For the last twenty years or so I have specialised in conveyancing but the knowledge and skills that I acquired from those other areas can still be of use in many transactions.
I am regarded by colleagues and clients as being very approachable. In my communications I like to avoid the use of legal jargon as far as possible in order that I can provide clear advice which my clients can understand.
One word which my colleagues would describe me as is supportive.
Outside of work I have two passions. Firstly football. In my youth I was a keen supporter of AP Leamington FC but once I could afford the bus fare I started travelling across to Highfield Road to watch Coventry City, and have been following their fortunes ever since. I used to play a bit myself, occasionally turning out for Coventry Young Solicitors many years ago, but that all ended when I ruptured my Achilles tendon whilst playing 5 a side!! One of my most memorable football moments was meeting the late great Jack Charlton at a networking event.
My other passion is music, particularly rock. My favourite era is the 1960s – 1970s. For me one of the wonders of the digital age is that I have been able to reconnect with music that I had lost touched with, or perhaps missed first time round, and listen to it pretty well wherever I happen to be!
When I grow up I most definitely want to be a rock star!
My other interests outside of work include walking, cycling and just meeting up with friends for a good catch up. I also enjoy watching films and am particularly sentimental about old cinemas most of which have sadly been turned into bingo halls and the like. If I win the lottery I plan to buy an old cinema and restore it to its former glory!