I wanted to be a barrister from the day I watched "Crown Court" on television in the 1970s. Rumpole of the Bailey made that resolution even firmer. I was fortunate to have people in my life who encouraged and supported me. I have been able to pursue and still pursue a career which I love. Alongside my practice, I have been fortunate to have been given many opportunities to teach and train people. Although first and foremost I am, and will remain, an advocate, I enjoy the challenges and sense of achievement which accompany teaching and training.
It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to provide someone with a voice in our legal system or, if possible, to help them to use their voice to maximum effect. A justice system is only fair if all participants have a voice. My career is dedicated to that aim. Further details of my work and can be found on my chambers' website. http://www.lambbuilding.co.uk
I am also fortunate to be associated with a set in Manchester, where I also very much enjoy working: http://www.centralchambers.co.uk
It is both challenging and exciting to share knowledge with others who are interested in learning and to facilitate learning and development. It is a thrill to see those who I have taught develop into successful practitioners who often themselves go on to teach others
I also enjoy working collaboratively with others to create courses and conferences which deliver their aims and priorities.
I have the honour to be Head of Chambers at Lamb Building Barristers' Chambers in the Temple. We are a mixed set where members practise in one (or sometimes two) of our teams (Crime, Family, Civil and Immigration). We have a strong commitment to publicly funded work and equality of opportunity.
Our Our chambers' website contains more details
I am a proud and active member of Middle Temple and have been a Bencher since 2005. I have been an advocacy teacher since 1995 and am currently Director of Studies at the Middle Temple's Advocacy School. I am currently the Chair of the Inn's Education & Training Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
Further details of Middle Temple and its activities are contained on its website
A few years ago I had the great fortune to be invited to become an associate member of Central Chambers in Manchester. Since I joined I have had the pleasure of undertaking a number of cases in the North. Manchester is an amazing city with a thriving bar full of talented people. Central Chambers is my northern home from home. If you want to know more about Central Chambers see here:
I am extremely proud and honoured to have been appointed an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Kent. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a modern and forward-thinking law faculty in a very successful university.