He studied History and Law at Glasgow University and started his legal career in a High street practice in Airdrie in the 1970s.
He hated it. Conveyancing, Wills and Estates were just not for him.
But gradually, on a person-by-person and case-by-case basis, he developed an interest in personal injury work.
Lanarkshire was an area full of heavy industry and coal mines. This was before the era of health and safety, and he listened daily to men (and it was almost exclusively men in those days) who had lost fingers and limbs in workplace accidents, were suffering coal dust diseases, and had been generally deafened by factory machine work.
Most of these men had been worn out by work, but almost without exception, they shared a stoical resilience and sense of humour.
He tried to do his very best for each one, and over the years developed a specialism.
For the last 30 years, he has worked exclusively for claimants. He is currently one of only four lawyers in Scotland who are accredited as Fellows of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
He didn’t buy into every aspect of a Jesuit education, but he did take this away:
“The only way to have a meaningful life is by serving others and giving of yourself.”
Every staff member at the Conway Accident Law Practice shares this belief.