He went to Bromsgrove School and graduated 1866 B.A. Trinity College, Dublin. He was a Barrister at Law, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Kerry in 1882.
The 1891 census shows them all to be living at 7 Southwell Gardens, Kensington with seven servants.
He was in 1879 granted leave by Royal Licence to take the name and armorial bearings of Sandes in compliance with his uncle’s will.