Educated at Burnley Grammar School and completed a degree course in Environmental Sciences at Bradford University.
He joined Smith and Smith in 1980 and completed the Law Society Common Professional Examination the following year. Admitted as a solicitor in 1986 he became a Partner in 1990.
He specialises in Personal Taxation and Wills, Trusts and Probate work and presently leads the Private Client Team. He combines this with his work as the Managing Partner of the Firm dealing with Regulatory Compliance, supervision of the firms's accounting functions and Quality Standard accreditation.