Gideon Cristofoli

Gideon Cristofoli - Senior Partner

Gideon Cristofoli

Senior Partner & Head of Property
Specialism: Business
Qualifications : Solicitor – Senior Partner
Date Qualified : November 1993
Areas of Expertise : Business and Commercial, Private Client
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Tell us about your career.

I am the Senior Partner of Bookers & Bolton. My legal career dates back to 1991, when I qualified as a solicitor with a city firm. I spent some time in-house at Vauxhall Motors and then I joined Bookers and Bolton in 1995. I became a partner in 1997, and I became Senior Partner in 2008. Since then, I have developed a culture of decisiveness throughout the firm to sit alongside our commitment to excellence.  I believe this saves clients time and money and gives them peace of mind.

In which areas of law do you specialise?
My expertise lies in company law and commercial litigation. I work with businessmen and women who want a straight answer and specialise in buying and selling businesses, shareholders agreements and resolving complex commercial disputes. I have also been appointed and acted executor and attorney for over 20 years.

What do you offer the clients of Bookers & Bolton?
I believe that a good solicitor is incredibly knowledgeable in their legal field and confident enough to help their client make difficult decisions; and this is what I do. I approach my work with great enthusiasm and have 23 years of legal experience to draw upon. I am easy to approach and straight talking. I am able to advise my clients what they should do and will also make clear how much it will cost and how long it will take.

Do you offer home visits and out of hours services?
Yes.  I am happy to meet clients in their offices or at home and at a time that suits them.  I understand the need for flexible working in this busy world.  We can also conference call or Skype. I am used to working with clients who might not be based in Alton – I have both national and international businesses that I represent.

Tell us about you.

Where did you grow up and what are your earliest memories?
I grew up in Bedford and my earliest childhood memory is of digging holes in the garden.

What was your first job?
I had a summer job as a filing clerk in an insurance company; the pay was poor but we managed to get by on cakes which we’d earn by hitting targets.

What is your favourite film or TV programme?
La Dolce Vita directed by Fellini because it captures 1960’s Rome with such style and beauty.

Name something you love doing and why.
Surfing, because you have to be at one with the sea and because it requires you to relax and focus. It’s also incredibly physical and slightly dangerous.

What do you dislike most?

What country would you most like to visit and why?
India because I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal.

What are your personal ambitions?
To see my children grow into great young men and for Bookers & Bolton to flourish.

Have you ever written anything that was published in the press?
Yes, “Legal issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Law” which was published in 2002.