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Short bio about Henry, including businesses he has previously worked for…
Henry is responsible for the structuring of the Tritax Group funds, providing general legal counsel and overseeing compliance activities. Henry is a qualified solicitor, who completed his articles with Ashurst LLP in 2001, specialising in taxation, mergers and acquisitions.
He also qualified as a chartered tax adviser in 2004, before moving to Fladgate LLP in 2005, where he became a partner in 2007. At Fladgate LLP, Henry specialised in the structuring of commercial property funds. Henry joined the Tritax Group in 2008 where he has overseen the structuring and implementation of all Tritax funds, portfolio acquisitions and disposals, equity and debt issuance and new business development and compliance.
Q – What was your first job and what is the worst job you’ve ever done?
My first job was at 16 where I worked as a labourer on a building site in London and learnt to carry a hod, stack bricks and go to work after a big night out.
My worst job was being a waiter in Spain. Spanish waiters are excellent and often career waiters. They hated my lack of experience and clumsiness – I spilt moule mariniere down a poor womans’ back one evening.
Q – Was Tax your first career choice and what were you doing before?
Before deciding to train as a solicitor I worked selling plastic flooring across Europe. I soon realised I needed something more than a grasp of languages to make a difference in business. I trained at Ashurst where I worked in various departments and then chose tax partly because I was inspired by the then Head of Department John Watson and partly because it is one of the few areas of law where you can determine how a transaction is done and add real value. That sense of creation appealed to me.