Staff profile legal eye on…14.05.2014
Name: Dudley Cramp
Position: Consultant Solicitor
Areas of expertise:
I practice in various areas of business law. I have experience in company and partnership law, including company formations, company and business sales and acquisitions. I advise on various commercial and business contracts and carry out commercial conveyancing including site acquisitions, property development, sales and lettings.
When and why did you move to Gullands?
I was a sole practitioner for over 22 years and joined Gullands in 2012. I needed to provide for the continued service and support of my clients and to secure the future of the business.
What’s been your biggest career lesson and why?
It is important to understand the details of any case or matter in which you are involved and then represent your client’s interests fairly and fully to the best of your ability. In that way you can gain the respect of both your clients and your opponents. For those reasons I make it my business to understand my clients’ businesses – they’re not just files on the shelf.
If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
I find it satisfying to help and assist clients to achieve their business plans and objectives. It is good to see businesses develop and expand. I have never seriously considered looking for a different career and when I do give up the “day job” I expect it will be because I have retired.
Which changes to the law would you most like to see?
Most of the core legal values in our country have remained constant over recent decades. Some rights have been expanded and developed. From a legal perspective it would help lawyers and the public (particularly business people) if over a longer period there were fewer changes.
I am a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta. I am the project leader of the Invicta Rotary Caterham Cars Youth Project that gives students from Sittingbourne Community College the opportunity to gain engineering, technical, and team skills by building a fully functioning Caterham 7 sports car. The current vehicle will be the third kit-car successfully constructed by the students and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta. I have recently secured vital funding to ensure that the project continues. It is particularly pleasing to see both boys and girls take part and we hope their experiences will encourage them to look favourably at engineering as a career. In my spare time, I also have my own Caterham 7 car and take part in track days at various race circuits around the country.