I am a UK qualified Barrister and Solicitor (non-practising), a CEDR Accredited Mediator, and a Visiting Lecturer in Law.
I graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Law from the London School of Economics (2HC Scholar), before completing my masters in law at the University of Oxford (OCIS Scholar), and Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar). I enjoy a diverse practice as a lawyer working on matters spanning from civil and commercial to regulatory, employment and public law. I have appeared before a range of courts and specialist tribunals. I am regularly instructed in complex matters, often beyond my level of call.
I am frequently instructed in professional discipline proceedings. I have acted for doctors, osteopaths and nurses in full and interim order hearings before: the General Medical Council’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service; General Osteopathic Council’s Professional Conduct Committee; and the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee.
I have also acted for landlords in appeals against local authority issued Interim and Final Management Orders and Final Penalty Notices under the Housing Act 2004.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, I represented businesses across the country in challenging local authority grant decisions. I was interviewed and recognised by the BBC as the leading barrister in this field.
I have advised and acted for clients on a range of employment law matters. I have a particular interest in discrimination cases and those involving a financial and/or corporate element. I recently successfully represented, as leading junior, a group of 74 claimants in a class action against Carillion plc, in a 10-day preliminary hearing at the Manchester Employment Tribunal. The compulsory liquidation of Carillion plc is described by the Insolvency Service as the largest and most complex trading liquidation in the UK. My oral advocacy and submissions were praised by my co-counsel as “very persuasive and attractive”.
I am instructed in pre-litigation matters including advising on: settlement and compromise agreements; handling internal grievance and disciplinary proceedings; and drafting policy documents.
Public Law, Prison Law and Education Law
As a secondary school governor for the past 6 years and a visiting lecturer in law at a leading university, I have a very good understanding of the public and private education sector across the UK.
I appear in the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and the Upper Tribunal in respect of Educational, Health and Care Plans (“EHCPs“) and in claims of disability discrimination, both for parents and local authorities.
Over the past year, I have been a leading barrister challenging GCSE and A-Level results on behalf of parents and pupils.
I have represented parents and pupils in a range of matters and act as an independent legal advisor/clerk at hearings concerning school admissions and exclusions appeals. I also advise on, and subsequently acts in, civil claims and judicial review proceedings concerning the exercise of public law duties and powers in the context of education.
I also represent prisoners before Parole Board hearings and adjudications.
I am an experienced investigator and have led internal investigations and inquiries in the corporate, public and charitable sector – often involving multiple jurisdictions. Recent investigations include a complex racial discrimination complaint at a public body and an employment grievance investigation within an international NGO.
I am currently a counsel to the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing and security cleared to SC Level. As a result, I have good knowledge of police law and other public law issues including judicial review, and claims under the Human Rights Act.
Training and Seminars
In addition to court work, I provide training and seminars to law firms, corporate and financial institutions as well as charities on a range of legal matters on legal and policy issues.
Previous Solicitor Experience
Before becoming a Barrister, I was a Solicitor at ‘Magic Circle’ law firms Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy LLP in London, where I specialised in Financial Services Regulatory Law acting for some of the world’s largest corporate and financial institutions on a range of high-profile, international and cross-border matters. I also worked on high-value International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation matters, complex Banking & Finance transactions, and in forming Private Funds.
Leadership and Wider Experience
I am passionate about the law, legal practice, diversity and social mobility. I enjoy travelling and exploring different cultures and traditions having travelled to over 50 countries.
I am recognised for my leadership and dispute resolution skills as a current and former: director; trustee; and governor of various national and international charities and organisations. In 2009, I was a Global Fellow of the Prime Minister.
I am involved in a number of organisations which has expanded my knowledge and understanding of various sectors. These include: