Neil has been a barrister for over 25 years, and has practised in-house for the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Brent, and since 2011 has lead the litigation team for a shared service operating in Berkshire, with a total of over 20 years’ local government experience.
He worked on statutory nuisance cases as one of his first areas in 1994 and has a wealth of experience in advising environmental health departments in a wide range of enforcement, including noise, housing conditions, littering and fly-tipping, food safety and other types of breaches. He has represented councils on these areas in court, in both statutory appeals and prosecutions.
Neil specialises in prosecution and has been the convenor of the London and Home Counties special activity area in prosecutions for over 10 years. He has held higher rights for many years and regularly appears in the Crown Court. His only break from local government work was when he worked as the ‘Peoples Lawyer’ in the Central Pacific island state of Kiribati between 1999 and 2002. His work was varied but included weekly appearances defending serious criminal charges, often murder.