Derek worked in the finance and music industries before pursuing a career in law. In 1997 Derek became the firm’s first trainee, qualifying in 1999. He became a partner of the firm in 2007.
Derek is a commercial lawyer based in our London office with particular expertise in commercial dispute resolution, consumer law and aspects of aviation and insolvency law. He advises several well- known names in the motor and hotel industries.
Derek also advises on a wide range of commercial contracts including supply, procurement and distribution agreements.
He is renowned for his efficiency and is popular with clients for his approachable and pragmatic style.
But don't take our word for it:
"As the external company solicitor, Derek provided expert services of legal and counselling advice within the B2B and B2C market places. Derek always provided a balanced, structured and common sense approach to resolving disputes. Alongside advice, the agreed actions were completed swiftly and with quality. In essence, for the first time in my career, I have found a legal representative who understands my industry, my company philosophy, and is skilled in ensuring the 'right solution' is carried out. One phrase that can summarise Derek is 'a trusted friend of your business, who is a resource you cannot function without!"
"I have total faith in Derek's professional opinions and advice, and the assistance that he gave me was totally invaluable. I can 100% recommend Derek."
Ian McDermott, Sports Orthopaedics UK
"Derek is a true expert in his field. His specialist knowledge and detailed approach are invaluable. Derek manages to articulate complexities in the simplest of terms and he is a real pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend him."
Julia Record, Dorchester Collection