Born in 1935, he attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar at Wakefield, and after National Service in Malaya, read law at Cambridge.
He became articled with Andrew M Jackson and Co in Hull in 1958, before being admitted as a solicitor in 1962. His expertise were recognised in 1985 when he was appointed a Recorder, an honour rarely bestowed upon solicitors at the time.
He became senior partner at Jacksons, now Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, in 1992 before retiring as a partner in 1994. He remained as a consultant and continued to sit as a Recorder until 2001, after which he became a consultant at Sandersons in Hull.
He is survived by Anne, his wife of 49 years, and sons Nicholas and Richard.