I write Head of Legal to explain developments in law, and the law behind the news, to an informed and interested but not necessarily legal audience. And because I can’t help thinking, writing and obsessing about law, particularly my specialisms in constitutional, public, human rights and European law and the way they interact with politics and society.
I’m a barrister, and worked as a government lawyer for twelve years, advising ministers and government departments on a wide range of public law issues from tax to terrorism, from freedom of information to pensions, from discrimination to health and from defence to broadcasting. My career in government included stints at the Cabinet Office, where I advised on the EU Constitution negotiations, and at the Attorney General’s Office where I advised Lord Goldsmith on a wide variety of legal issues. I have advised nearly every government department, from the Home Office to Health and from the Treasury to the MoD.
I’ve left practice now, though, and work as a writer, lecturer and consultant. As well as Head of Legal and Without Prejudice podcasts, I’m trying to find time to write my first book, a guide to the constitution (yes, the UK does have one) for non-lawyers.
I teach constitutional and EU law to undergraduates at the Open University. I decide domain name disputes for Nominet. I’m a member of the professional conduct committee of the Bar Standards Board, and of the investigating committee of the General Chiropractic Council. In my spare time I’m a volunteer presenter and producer for Radio Northwick Park.
I live in London.