The trainer is a highly experienced lawyer, educator and writer. For almost 30 years and across several industries, he has written and delivered a wide range of bespoke training for individuals, businesses, professional associations and educational establishments.
He completed his formal training and qualified as a banking & finance solicitor in Leeds with the law firm, Cobbetts LLP in 2005, before moving to London in 2007 to continue his career at Denton Wilde Sapte LLP (now Dentons) and subsequently with Wragge & Co LLP (now Gowling WLG (UK) LLP).
The trainer has advised banks, alternative lenders, asset finance houses, borrowers, private equity houses, guarantors and pension trustees on a wide range of UK and cross border banking and finance transactions. These have included syndicated investment grade and global loans, leveraged finance acquisitions, real estate investment & development finance, asset and receivables finance, bridging finance, securitisations, social housing finance, higher education finance and general corporate borrowing. He has also advised on restructurings and complex intercreditor arrangements and drafted and reviewed reports/certificates on title on a wide range of real estate transactions.
He moved to an in-house counsel role at Barclays Bank PLC in 2010, working in their Trade & Working Capital team, advising on a wide range of UK and international receivables finance, inventory finance, securitisation and other asset finance matters (including invoice discounting, factoring, recourse and non-recourse financing, selective receivables finance, supply finance and full asset based lending agreements). He has also worked on secondment with the HSBC (UK) Invoice and Equipment Finance legal and business teams, advising on UK and cross border asset based lending transactions, including hire purchase, lease finance and asset purchase finance.
In 2015, he returned to Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, to become a professional support lawyer in their banking & finance team, where he is responsible for education & training, briefing notes, precedents, legal technologies and providing advice across the firm and its international offices on complex areas of law. He has also written and delivered training for several professional associations including the Loan Market Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Having worked both in private practice and in-house with leadership, sales, relationship, risk, compliance, legal, transaction management, operations and product teams, he understands both the obstacles that need to be overcome on transactions and how to get deals over the line successfully. Consequently, his training focuses on providing students with the foundations, commercial awareness and approaches to thinking which are necessary to achieve this.
The trainer has sat on the legal & technical committee for ABFA (now UK Finance) and the advisory board for the LexisPSL banking & finance module. He is also a member of the City Finance PSL network. He has contributed to a number of major law reform projects and consultations including the University of Oxford led Secured Transactions Law Reform project, the City of London Law Society’s Secured Transaction Code project, the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce consultation on crypto-assets, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts and the England & Wales Law Commission’s call for evidence on smart contracts. As a mentor, he has also worked on the law firm panel at Barclays Eagle Labs Legal Tech Hub, London and has provided help and support to a wide range of new start-up legal-tech businesses from the UK and overseas.