My role & experience
I am a Consultant in the Commercial Property team. I qualified as a solicitor in July 1979 after serving articles in a central London firm and joined a general High Street practice, becoming a partner in 1981. I established the firm of Graham Whitworth & Co in Hounslow in 1985, becoming a partner in Cozens Moxon & Harts at Teddington upon merger with that firm in 2005 and a consultant to Morrisons upon its merger with Cozens Moxon & Harts in May 2013. Although a general practitioner for much of my career, I have undertaken a significant amount of commercial property work for small and medium-sized businesses, charities and investors. I like whenever possible to gain some insight into clients’ businesses, their objectives and the trading conditions in which they are operating, in order to provide a service tailored to their needs.
My specific experience
My general practice background enables me to give realistic legal advice about commercial property and conduct transactions with an awareness of the potential impact of other areas of the law. I have extensive experience of dealing with freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals; sale and purchase of businesses with property assets; grant and renewal of business leases; licences for assignments, sub-lettings and alterations; transfer of Premises Licences for the sale of alcohol; and commercial and residential developments from site acquisition through to freehold and leasehold plot disposals including options, conditional contracts, overage provisions, service charge schemes, formation of management companies and planning agreements.
My area of expertise
I have a specific interest and expertise in charity land transactions including sales, purchases and leases as well as transfers of property following changes of trustees or incorporation of the charity.
My involvement with the community and associations
I am a member of the Charity Law Association, a trustee of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship and an active member of a local church
Something you may not know
I am a lifelong railway enthusiast and enjoy visiting heritage railway lines and travelling behind steam on main line excursions and holiday rail tours. I recently had the opportunity to drive a steam train in Sardinia.