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Malcolm Thomas

Why did you choose the law?

The three elements that secure a democracy are Parliament, the Government and the courts.  In turn the efficiency and fairness of the courts are ensured by the quality of the presentation of cases before them.

Tell us a bit about how you got here…

I was educated at the John Hampden Grammar School, studied law at Bristol Polytechnic and trained as a solicitor in High Wycombe. I qualified in 1994, joined the firm in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006.

What does your day job look like?

I practice exclusively in the areas of civil and commercial dispute resolution and have litigated virtually every type of case through all levels of court and within alternative dispute resolution processes.

Within litigation, my areas of specialism are mortgage agreements, possession of land, probate and trust disputes, professional negligence and land disputes concerning easements and restrictive covenants.

I see litigation and dispute resolution, whatever the subject matter as a skill, requiring the collation of evidence, particularly documentary evidence at an early point and applying the tactical advantage of being well prepared to securing an effective resolution of a case.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I live with my wife and daughter in Solihull and interests include gardening, reading and (occasionally!) keeping fit.