Media and speaking
I’ve appeared on BBC News, ITN, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CBC, France 24 and ZDF; and on BBC Radio 4 (including Today and Law in Action), Radio 5 Live, ABC Radio National, CBC Radio and the BBC World Service. I’m always up for being on telly or radio – e-mail or Skype me if you need a legal commentator.
My strengths are in constitutional law, judicial review, EU law and human rights (I taught the Human Rights Act to government lawyers for twelve years, as well as advising ministers on it).
I’ve defended the government in domestic and European courts, I’ve advised ministers on the law, I’ve worked on bills and drafted legislation, and I’ve negotiated for the UK in Europe on the text of Directives and on the European Constitution. I’ve got substantial experience of law in government, and I’m good at explaining the law behind the headlines.
But I’ve also prosecuted and defended crime in the past, and I’ve represented employers and workers in employment and discrimination cases.
I offer an independent view, informed by my experience, and I pride myself on legal accuracy so if I don’t feel at home discussing a particular legal issue, I’ll let you know. To give you an idea, I’m usually good on anything that connects law with politics, government or rights – but don’t ask me about wills, or selling houses. You can hear what I sound like by listening to one of the podcasts in the “Hear me” section down a bit on the far right; I do not sound like your stereotypical barrister. I work for hospital radio and got nominated for a Hospital Broadcasting Association award in 2011, so I’ve got some idea what I’m doing.
I’m available for speaking engagements too – I’ve spoken to audiences of 20 and 200, and am happy to talk about law, life as a lawyer in government or law on the web. Recently I spoke about law and social media at the Justice student human rights network conference, held at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March.