Born 24th December 1969 – Died 1st September 2009
Neil studied law at Leicester University and qualified as a solicitor in Sheffield. He moved to London in the mid 90’s and worked as a criminal defense solicitor and worked for Joe Hill Solicitors, Mark and Co Solicitors and in 2005 set up his own firm; Baxter Brown McArthur with two friends. Neil was the senior partner and in the space of four years expanded the firm to over 20 employees.
From the beginning of his career, he chose to practice exclusively in criminal law and was motivated and passionate about the rights and fair treatment of defendants. He was an extremely bright man and had that rare ability to instantly get people on his side and agree with him. He was well liked and respected by the judiciary, his peers and clients. He was for many years a familiar figure at West London Magistrates Court and was well known as being a clever advocate with a ready wit.
He was perhaps most widely known in criminal law for his huge efforts in opposing the Carter reforms and BVT. He co-coordinated the South West London Region’s response to Lord Carter’s proposed reforms and was particularly skillful in getting both large and small criminal firms, with different interest and anxieties to put aside their differences and unite in common opposition; no easy task.
Neil had been ill for 10 years. He was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 1999. Despite his illness and the debilitating effect it had on his life, he remained philosophical, positive and above all funny in the difficult circumstances he faced.
Socially he enjoyed the pub and was a great company, always able to find humour in situations and make those around him laugh out loud. Not surprisingly he had many good friends and a lovely family.
His health further deteriorated at the beginning of 2009 and a lung transplant was the last intervention available to him. He was looking forward to being well again and was excited about being able to travel abroad to exotic locations, following his recuperation.
He very sadly died from complications following surgery on 1st September 2009 at 39 years of age. He was a charming man and will be greatly missed.