Malcolm is a tenacious and assertive commercial litigator. He also has very substantial experience over many years of very serious fraud matters. His work can also involve civil, criminal and insolvency proceedings. He regards himself as a problem solver, not just a lawyer. He believes the difference between winning and losing can often be in the fine detail and leaves no stone unturned in investigations and preparation for cases he takes on.
Malcolm also undertakes civil litigation and dispute resolution and debt collection as well as contentious and non contentious probate matters.
Malcolm joined Setfords at the beginning of 2017 and is really pleased to be part of such a modern forward thinking firm.
Malcolm was born in London, but after studying at the University of Birmingham and Guildford College of Law he started his legal career in Birmingham with a major litigation firm. Upon qualification he undertook a very heavy caseload of civil and criminal cases over the next decade before eventually moving to and settling in the city of Bath where he managed and grew a substantial regional practice as well as continuing with fraud and heavyweight commercial litigation.
In 1995 Malcolm was awarded his Higher rights of audience qualification enabling him to subsequently appear as Advocate in cases at the Old Bailey, the Court of Appeal and many other courts from Manchester in the north to Portsmouth Crown Court in the south. He continues to practice across a wide geographical area but focuses on London, the M4 corridor , Bristol and Bath.
Many cases have had an international element and have involved substantial investigation or tracing of assets. Above all Malcolm has been ready to move fast to obtain injunctions and freezing orders to protect a client’s position.
Malcolm is used to advising businesses on regulatory matters and has undertaken company director disqualification proceedings, as well as Vat and Tax enquiries and is experienced in dealing with corporate and individual insolvency matters.
Many of Malcolm’s cases have been reported in the national press and between 2011 and 2013 he was seconded to work in house for an IT company in a multi million pound dispute with Airbus in the Bristol Mercantile Court regarding fraud, procurement , breach of fiduciary duties and civil conspiracy.
Malcolm gives 100% when working on a client’s case looking for pragmatic solutions and offering real support to clients -not just legal, but pastoral care and understanding too.
Malcolm has many interests including writing, history, Russian language and culture, football and other sports, as well as genealogy.
Areas of practice
Commercial litigation, fraud and investigations, dispute resolution, probate and winding up estates, Business and regulatory law, HMRC disputes, Insolvency
Geographical areas covered
London, Thames valley, south midlands, Bath and Bristol