Over the years I have gained experience in commercial matters, both as partner in three firms, being Standring Taylor & Co, thereafter Atherton Standring Taylor and now AST Hampsons, and also by acting for businesses during good times and bad, recessions and booms, to include corporate sales and purchases, restructuring, commercial property and business sales.
I am determined to maintain a high standard through our firm, which enables it to continue to provide services for the local community, but also provide sufficiently in depth knowledge to advise on matters which might sometimes be considered the province of the city centre solicitor. To strike such a balance is difficult, but I believe we have achieved this. It is important that AST Hampsons is perceived as a firm of quality and integrity, but which is also approachable, friendly and reasonable on costs. I believe that my experience helps me to advise clients on how to go forward with their businesses or in the case of sales, how to withdraw safely with as few strings attached as possible.
After so many years in the driving seat, I am now working reduced hours, relying on my capable team who are here to help and to deal with any of your new enquiries. You will find full details on the “For your business” section of our website.
On a personal level, I don’t allow work to completely monopolise my life and do have other interests, so if we're kept waiting, we could always talk classic cars, or music.
The future of Rochdale and our surrounding areas, including Bury is close to my heart. I am the fourth generation of Rochdale’s longest established legal family and also the great, great grandson of the first freeman of the Borough of Rochdale, who fought for the rights of the poor during the second half of the 19th Century.