I joined the Livery as a callow youth in 1986 at the suggestion of Leyland Bird, then Father of the Company, and I currently chair the Treasures Committee. I am a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a trustee of their Charitable Trust, having been involved with that company’s formation as the City’s youngest livery company.
Having read History at Oxford with vacation employment as an assistant engineer with Wiltshiers, I became a solicitor with the private client law firm Withers, the international law firm Freshfields, and at Sotheby’s as European General Counsel. I am now Legal Consultant at Bonhams and a consultant lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, covering a wide range of issues concerning art and the law.
I sit on the committees of the British Art Market Federation and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers, and am a trustee of the Rolls Building Art & Education Trust, which provides opportunities for school children to experience the workings of the High Court through participation in mock trials overseen by real High Court Judges, as well as commissioning the works of art which adorn the meeting rooms and common areas in the Rolls Building courts.
I am married to Katie with two adult children - at home in West Sussex I am a keen gardener and now infrequent cricketer.