Contact number: 07824348885
Areas of practice: Family; Crime; Prison Law
I was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1984. I have been employed at Watson Woodhouse since 2008. Prior to that I was in barristers’ chambers in Durham and before that in Middlesbrough. Initially almost solely a criminal practitioner, I appeared for both the Prosecution and Defence, at the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. I then built up a practice in a number of different areas of law and, whilst continuing with my criminal practice, I was instructed by solicitors in a wide range of areas.
I have appeared before the Court of Appeal in both criminal and family cases and before the Administrative Court in both criminal and civil appeals. I have also appeared before HM Courts Martial; the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; the Land Registration Tribunal; the Employment Tribunal; Mental Health Tribunals and Parole Boards. I also used to appear regularly in cases at the Immigration Tribunal. From this I gained valuable insight into the issues of immigration and asylum. I believe that this was a far better way of learning about diversity than attending any number of courses. All this has given me a wealth of experience, which enables me to be of great benefit to the firm.
I am a member of Lincoln’s Inn and the North Eastern Circuit.
I have appeared on many occasions at the Court of Appeal. Amongst these was the case of R v Michael Clarke which exposed improper practices in the local police force.
Cleveland Police v Vaughan was an Administrative Court case in which the Police appealed a decision to award costs against them. However the award was upheld by the court.
Re V was a family case in the Court of Appeal which concerned grandparents and their contact with their grandchildren.
Possibly my favourite case was the “Whisky Galore” trial. A number of police officers and firemen were charged with stealing bottles of Cutty Sark scotch from a lorry which had caught fire. This case gained media interest throughout the country. All the defendants were eventually acquitted.