Born at Millom, he was educated at West Leeds High School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1935 he joined the Indian Civil Service as Deputy Commissioner of the Upper Sind Frontier. From 1947, he served under the Government of Pakistan as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and then as Anti-Corruption Officer and Inspector General of Prisons.
After his return home in 1951 he was called to the Bar, joined Gray's Inn and became a QC in 1969 as a specialist at the Patent Bar. He was heavily involved with the Liberal Party as a parliamentary candidate at Dover (1964 and 1966) and Folkestone and Hythe (1974 and 1979) and also as chairman of the Association of Liberal Lawyers. He became a local preacherin 1933 and served for seventy years. He was a member at Elham (Kent) and served on the Connexional Law and Polity Committee.