About our executive committee
An executive committee is responsible for developing the future strategy of the Section and enhancing services already offered to members. Committee members and their brief biographies are below.
Christopher Bean is a partner and director of business development at East Sussex-based Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, a Legal 500 firm. He sits on the firm's management board. He is a founding member and director of the Conveyancing Association, and sits on the Land Registry advisory council. He is a past president of the Eastbourne Law Society and current committee member.
Roger Buston is a sole practitioner and principal solicitor of Asher Prior Bates in Colchester, Essex, a Lexcel- and CQS-accredited practice. He has practised as a property solicitor for 40 years, and specialises in all aspects of freehold and leasehold property conveyancing, domestic and commercial. He is the Law Society council member for Suffolk and North Essex.
Denis Cameron is a Law Society council member and a member of the management board and former member of the regulatory affairs board. He is also a member of the professional standards and ethics committee, and the technology and law reference group. He is a former chair of the conveyancing and land law committee.
Simon David is the managing partner of Thomas Legal Group, a specialist conveyancing firm with a presence in both Gloucestershire and London. Simon was previously a partner in a large regional firm based in Cheltenham, and now manages one of the largest property teams in the area. He is also a member of the Conveyancing Association.
Nick Dell is a senior associate in the commercial property team at Stone King LLP in Bath. He deals with a broad range of commercial property work for commercial, educational and charitable institutions. He has previously worked at partner level for several leading South West law firms, and also worked for national house builder Redrow Homes and as company secretary and head of legal at Bristol Water.
Maria Elliot is an associate at Osbornes Solicitors LLP based in North London. She specialises in residential property law and various other areas of private client practice. She is also a member of the Association of Women Solicitors.
Michael Garson is a partner at Kagan Moss and Co, a London-based private client practice. He is past chair of the Property Section executive committee, Law Society council member for Central Middlesex, and member of the Society's regulatory affairs board, Portal reference group and CQS technical panel. He lectures and advises on regulation for solicitors and estate agents.
Warren Gordon is head of real estate know how at Olswang LLP. He is chair of the Law Society's conveyancing and land law committee and is also secretary of the land law committee of the City of London Law Society. Warren writes regularly for Property Week and Property in Practice. He sits on the Property Section committee as an observer for the conveyancing and land law committee.
Nick Gurney-Champion is head of the property team at Gurney-Champion & Co, a general high street firm with offices in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. He specialises in residential and commercial property law and various other areas of general legal practice. He is the Law Society Council member for residential conveyancing and a member of the Law Society's conveyancing and land law committee.
Mark Hughes is head of property in the London Office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, a Legal 500 firm. He oversees the work of the commercial property and residential property teams. He acts for developers and investors in a wide range of commercial properties and has over 30 years experience. He has experience of working both in the City and in a high street firm.
Myfanwy McDonagh is a partner and head of residential property at Furley Page LLP, a Legal 500 firm based in East Kent. She is a member of the Kent Law Society. Prior to 1997, Myfanwy specialised in family law, practising in London and in Hong Kong, where she served on the family law committee of the Hong Kong Law Society, and was a co-author of the Hong Kong Legal Practice Manual in Family Law.
Peter Rodd (chair) is senior partner at 12-partner, high street practice Boys and Maughan in Margate, Kent. He a member of the conveyancing and land law committee and the CQS technical panel, Law Society council member for commercial property, and current secretary of the Isle of Thanet Law Society. He speaks and writes on a range of property-related topics.
Louise Waugh worked as a chartered tax adviser until 2001, when she also qualified as a solicitor. She worked in commercial property at Dickinson Dees (now Bond Dickinson) for six years, before moving to Northern Rock in 2009 to advise on the property implications of its capital and legal restructure. She now looks after the company's commercial property portfolio, and heads the customer team in legal.
Ian White is an experienced commercial property lawyer, and former managing partner and head of property at a large Midlands law firm. He was the first solicitor Law Society council representative for commercial property, and is a member of the Conveyancing Handbook editorial board. He has been actively involved in the Conveyancing Quality Scheme and its appeal processes in particular.