My journey with Burges Salmon began when I applied for a training contract in 1995 whilst in the second year of my Law and Economics course at Leicester University. Having experienced working life in London on a vacation placement at a city firm, I decided Bristol and Burges Salmon was the place for me. Finding such a high quality firm within about 10 miles of my home town of Bath was a revelation. I accepted the offer and joined as a trainee in September 1997.
Following a two year training contract comprising of six four month seats all around the firm, I elected to qualify into the highly regarded property department. This is where I have settled ever since - apart from a year out at a firm in Birmingham, but it didn't take long for me to see sense and return to Burges Salmon!
As a junior property lawyer I was not pigeon-holed into a specialised area but was instead allowed a broad experience of investment, finance, landlord and tenant and development work. Whilst working fairly hard, there has always been time for my passion for athletics and involvement in local community based charities not to mention time to spend with the wife and kids.
Shariah (Islamic law) and particularly Islamic finance is an area in which I am personally very interested. Over the last few years, Burges Salmon have been amazingly supportive in giving time and resources to help turn my interest into a practice area for the firm which is now taking off. A far cry from the conservative image often portrayed, I have found the firm to be extremely flexible and progressive – a place where individuals are encouraged to make their mark in an understanding and supportive environment.