As head of DC’s Manchester office, I am responsible for transactions involving clients based in the North of England. I joined the company in 2008, drawn by the opportunity to establish and build a team whose main focus was on advising great Northern businesses. It is hugely important to our clients that we know the local markets and have regular, face to face contact with them. We are not simply putting in calls from an office two hundred miles away. I have worked with many of my clients for a number of years, some of them on multiple transactions, such as: York Mailing on an equity fundraising and a subsequent acquisition; and Cardtronics on three separate transactions (i-design, Cardpoint and Sunwin Services) in the space of two years. Clients recognise sound advice that is in their interests and they value the provision of honest advice, even if it differs from what they may have wanted to hear. Prior to DC I spent twelve years at PwC Corporate Finance, in both their Manchester and London offices. One of the highlights was being seconded to the Takeover Panel in 2002 and 2003. Gaining a deep insight into how a regulator applies a set of rules has allowed me to be a much better adviser on public situations.