Medical & Legal Background
I qualified first as a doctor at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1990 and worked in the UK, New Zealand and Central Africa from 1989 to 1994. My experience included emergency medicine, terminal care, neurosurgery and treating casualties from the Mozambique civil war. I very much enjoyed my time as a doctor and still find medicine fascinating.
I had long considered a career in the law however, and took the decision to retrain as a barrister, being called to the bar in 1994.
I initially gained significant criminal advocacy experience in the Magistrates and Crown Courts of the Northern Circuit. I would be in Court every day – often twice and in different cities – in cases ranging from disturbed badgers and dangerous dogs to major fraud and drug importation. From the start I had always intended to combine my medical and legal careers to best effect by specialising in medical law and have concentrated on this area since 1998.
Unusually as a barrister, I am a member of two Barristers’ Chambers – broadly speaking No5 Chambers for my practice in London and the South and Exchange Chambers for my practice in the North. This enables me to provide a truly nationwide service.