Partner, Head of Thames Valley
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A Solicitor since 1983, a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner since 1989, a Mediator since 1996 and a Solicitor Advocate since 2007, Derek is a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.
He is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association, the Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Section and the Institute of Credit Management as well as being Chair of Gloucester and District Citizens Advice Bureau and a Director of GLOCAB, an affiliate of Citizens Advice.
One of less than 100 worldwide Derek is a Fellow of the International Bar Association having been awarded Diplomas in International Arbitration, Business Organisation, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law and Human Rights – both civil and in respect of cross border criminal prosecution.
In Autumn 2016 he obtained Certificates in both Stroke Awareness and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults from HL Accredited Care Training, successfully completed the Level 4 Award in Advanced Health and Social Care and the Mental Health Support Worker course with Oplex Careers and undertook the Understanding Dementia MOOC under the auspices of the University of Tasmania and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, achieving a Higher Distinction in each.
He is the holder of Higher Rights of Audience in the Civil Courts of England and Wales and a Member of the Solicitor Association of Higher Court Advocates.
On the 10th November I was awarded a Level 3 Award in Caring and Support for the Elderly, achieving a Distinction, and also a Level 3 Award in Support and Care for those with Learning Difficulties, achieving a Higher Distinction. He is now embarking upon a Dementia Care and Awareness Course. These courses are all provided by Oplex Careers and each consists of a recommended 90 hours of study.
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Words can’t express my gratitude to you.
Many, many thanks,
Really do appreciate all you have done on this and Jamie was well prepared and on the ball; no surprise there.
The outcome was the best possible one.
Derek’s continuing support for students at the University of Reading won him a nomination as Volunteer of the Year in the 2016 Alumnus of the Year awards, with the following tribute from the university’s Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell KCB.
“I wanted to thank you personally for the exceptional contribution you have made to the University of Reading. Your nomination was submitted in recognition of the on-going careers support you have offered students through our careers events as well as in hosting subject-specific training sessions such as negotiating settlements. I hope this goes some way to conveying our gratitude for your valuable support.”
Just want to say a huge thank you, I may sleep better tonight!
Thank you so much for another outstanding session with the students today. Your plan for the day, with the insights into financial planning and client management is superb and the students love it. It succeeds in being better each year, if that is possible. Please thank everyone for their time and contribution to the insights the students gain. Everyone very much appreciates it. I am sure you will have interest from people looking for TCs.
Just a brief note to again thank you for the time and effort you put into helping me sort myself out and prepare for the court hearing against Ms Seymour.
The hearing was last Friday and the outcome couldn’t have been better; not only did the judge find in my favour, he also awarded me costs. So a good result all round. Perhaps won’t be so easy collecting the costs though, but that’s a different matter.
Thanks so much for your brilliant help and support. I imagine you’ll say it was easy or straightforward, but to me it made all the difference. Thank you.
They were great ambassadors for Harrison Rickerbys -friendly, professional and highly focused. The students found them inspirational.
Thanks again for your support, which is greatly appreciated.
I know you are both really busy, but just to say thank you so much for all your help over the last three years. I don’t know how I could have coped without you both.
My wife was overwhelmed when I told her how generous and helpful you’ve been. I can’t tell you how good it is to have such straight forward and susinct guidance; we really appreciate it, thank you.
All the best
“I thought your guest lecture and workshop was one of the best I’ve seen on the law degree – honest, down-to-earth and invaluable for the students”
Alan Davies, BA (Hons), Solicitor
Senior Law Lecturer / Law Admissions Tutor, University of Gloucestershire
I approached Derek to resolve a particularly complicated situation related to the sale of a family property. Unlike other enquiries I had made elsewhere, Derek was extremely positive from the outset and took on the challenge of my case with all of the determined tenacity I could have wished for. Derek’s engagement with other parties was both proactive and prompt, whilst keeping me fully updated throughout the process. His supporting team also delivered an excellent service, remaining in constant communication with a courteous and patient attitude to my needs.
I would use his service again without hesitation, and happy to recommend Derek’s support to anyone looking for a considered, pragmatic and direct approach to their case.
Derek is an alumnus of the University of Reading, and he has willingly given the Reading School of Law invaluable support for several years. Derek has excellent communication skills and his interactive talks on careers in the legal profession have proved both entertaining and informative and have been greatly appreciated by law undergraduates. It has been a pleasure welcoming him back to his Alma Mater.
Patricia Leopold – Professor of Law at University of Reading
I have known and worked with Derek for well over 20 years on various assignments and have always found him to be a true professional, providing sound practical and technical advice based upon a wealth of experience. In my view, one of the finest insolvency lawyers the West Country has produced!
Steve Ramsbottom – Partner at Moore Stephens
I have known Derek for a number of years, initially when he was at Flint Hand & subsequently at Rickerbys, when I was at Barclays Bank, where he was our local expert for dealing with litigation matters. In more recent years using his Rickerbys services for Fredericks. Excellent service from a very helpful person and an exceptionally helpful firm for our charity.
Mike Lewis – Client Manager Fredericks Gloucestershire
Very many thanks, yet again, for giving the students such a fantastic morning yesterday. It leaves such a favourable impression of the firm. You will have seen how engaged they were with the discussion of the commercial pressures on Law firms. To have put their limited knowledge of these things into such a clear and compelling picture was great and they have learned a lot from you. They will also have learned that there are often no right answers to negotiation and not to be too alarmed by their first meeting on behalf of a client.
At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Jon Whitbread specialises in automotive and food sector insolvency, and Derek Jones is experienced in both litigation and mediation.
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The key contacts at Harrison Clark Rickerbys are Adam Finch, Andrew Cave and Derek Jones.
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