I am an Associate in our Resolution team, specialising in the investigations side. I do this alongside two other roles. I am a Tribunal Judge, deciding welfare benefit appeals. I am also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law, where my teaching areas include employment law, negotiation, advocacy and civil litigation.
I started out with 5 years as a policy advisor in central government. Studying law in the evenings, I qualified as a barrister and practised for 10 years at 11KBW chambers (specialising in employment and public law), gaining a reputation for being easy to deal with, practical and not overly aggressive. As well as the court work, I worked on sensitive investigations and advised a wide range of individuals and organisations. I found that often people could resolve their differences at an early stage by agreement, rather than going through a lengthy and uncertain legal process.
After 10 years as a barrister I moved away from a purely legal role, gaining more variety and balance in my life. My role in the Resolution team is one important part of this. I see the key issues quickly, but look at things from all sides before making up my mind. I’m calm and explain things clearly. All of this helps in investigations (just as it does in my teaching and judicial work).
2020 – current: associate at byrne·dean
2019 – current: visiting lecturer at the University of Law
2013 – current: fee-paid first-tier tribunal judge (Social Entitlement Chamber)
2007 – 2017: self-employed barrister at 11KBW chambers
2006 – 2007: pupil at 11KBW chambers
2005:housing paralegal at Tyrer Roxburgh & Co
2001 – 2004: policy advisor, central government
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law
BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Worcester College, Oxford University