I am an Employed Barrister and Head of Planning at Howard Kennedy LLP, working on the most complex developments and infrastructure projects that shape our City and our country. I was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in July 2000 and I am entitled to exercise full rights of audience. After leaving Newnham College post my LL.M., I worked as a Research Assistant to Lord Justice Carnwath at the Law Commission and then went on to complete my pupillage at the Independent Bar.
Post pupillage, I worked as Advisory and Prosecuting Counsel for the Environment Agency and then I took up tenancy at No5 Chambers, practicing as an Independent Barrister in planning law and environmental law. During tenancy, I was also a Pegasus Scholar which meant I spent three months in the Department of Justice, in Washington DC, following the work of the Environmental Crime and Civil Division, and I was also seconded to Greenwich Council, to their Legal Department.
I then decided to move into private practice, as an Employed Barrister. I also lectured and supervised in planning law at the University of Cambridge. I am published widely in my field of expertise and I am also regularly invited to speak at professional conferences. I am a member of various professional bodies and I am still an active member of Inner Temple.
I am happy to discuss with any Newnham students whatever their thoughts might be on their journey towards a legal career. My journey has been rich with adventure. The skills I have gained from all my experience in Independent practice and Employed practice have made me a very unique individual. I have been able to cast my net wide and pursue the most fascinating of careers. I hope I can share with you a few of my experiences and thoughts to guide you in whatever direction you are hoping to go. Just remember that opportunities are there for the asking, there for the taking, and there for all of us who have the right skills.