I was born and grew up in London, but live now in Norwich, Norfolk. I am married with one son.
My original subject was geography and I did a geography degree with a view to teaching. However teaching practice showed me that teaching 14 year olds who did not want to learn was not my forte, so I did some secretarial training instead.
On that course there was a law paper which fascinated me so I returned to London and eventually obtained an external degree from London University studying part time (so I know what its like!).
I then moved to Norwich where I did articles (as we called it then) at a lovely firm called Cozens Hardy. I stayed there for a while but in 1994 I left to set up my own firm, TJ Shepperson.
I originally had a ‘mixed bag’ litigation practice but soon started specialising in property and particularly landlord & tenant work.
I was also fascinated by the internet and in 2001 set up what must be the first legal information subscription service, Landlord Law.
This was moderately successful and I have learned many things through running it – how to write html and create Adobe documents for example. As well as running a membership site generally and how to write in moderately clear English.
In September 2013 the law firm was closed to allow me more time for running my Landlord Law site and to develop Easy Law Training and other business interests.
Blogging and social media
In 2006 I discovered blogging and quickly set up the Landlord Law blog. Although it was originally just a bit of fun, it has turned into an important part of my business.
It was through the blog that I met Ben who started to write a regular column in early 2010. He has been a fixture ever since.
Your Law Store
In April 2011 I set up an online publishing business called Your Law Store with my long term web designer Gill Bishop.
We mostly publish my books and a few forms (our lodger forms are very popular) but we have one other author and are hoping for more.
Training and talks
I have been doing various talks for landlords (eg at local authority forum events and landlord shows) for several years and have also done quite a bit of training for solicitors.
Early in 2012 I trialled an online course for landlords. It proved popular, Ben liked the look of it, so we decided to set up Easy Law Training Ltd. The rest is history.
And so I have come full circle – I may not have been able to teach geography to 14 year olds but seem to be OK teaching landlord and tenant law to adults!