I graduated in 1988 from the University of Cambridge. I qualified as a solicitor and worked in the litigation department of a large city firm before deciding to pursue an academic career. After a LLM at UCL, and handful of years at London Guildhall University I took up a lectureship at UEA in 2001 where I remained for eleven years. I rejoined the Law School at UEA in June 2013, having been – for the academic year 2012/13 – Professor of Public Law and UK Human Rights at the University of Essex. My research primarily focuses on protest & public order, and British human rights law and my teaching is in the areas of UK Public Law, UK and European Human Rights Law and Legal Issues in Free Speech as part of the Media Law LLM. I am Current Survey Editor for Public Law. I have catholic interests outside research and teaching: football (playing, coaching and watching though I am as baffled by the continual under-performance of Derby County as I am by the vagaries of the HRA), cycling, comedy/humour (watching and writing), photography and gardening.


  • 1996-2001 Lecturer and then senior lecturer at London Guildhall University   
  • 1996-1998 Visiting lecturer, Kings College London
  • 2001-2012 Lecturer, senior lecturer and professor, UEA Law School
  • 2012-2013 Professor of Public Law and UK Human Rights, University of Essex
  • 2013 -       Professor of UK Human Rights Law

Academic Background

Academic qualifications:

BA (Cantab, 1985), LLM (UCL, Joseph Hume scholar 1996).

I qualified as a solicitor in 1993 but am now non-practising.

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