I’m a barrister. New to this trade, but I’ve been around…
I joined Outer Temple Chambers as a pupil in 2018 and became a tenant in 2019. Since then, I’ve been building a practice across commercial and employment disputes, business crime of all kinds (from bribery and fraud, civil and criminal, to health & safety), regulatory issues and data protection. As well as advising clients on what they should do about legal problems and representing them in Court, my background means I can advise on and assist in complex investigations of all kinds.
Among the work I’ve been involved in, I’ve:
- Been junior in a civil fraud suit against a High Street bank in relation to allegations of mis-selling;
- Represented clients in numerous commercial actions in the High Court and County Court;
- Advised on and represented clients (both claimants and defendants) in several data protection and privacy matters, including one involving the improper disclosure of material relating to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse;
- Advised several clients on how they can maintain compliance with the UK’s financial regulatory framework as it relates to MiFID, client assets and claims management;
- Helped a biotech startup develop a legal strategy to confront the unlawful exploitation of its intellectual property by former employees and directors;
- Advised on the use of crypto in client due diligence in the regulated sector;
- Assisted with an appeal against a regulatory decision by Lloyd’s of London;
- Represented both claimants and employers in employment matters including whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, TUPE and discrimination.
I’m lucky enough to be at a Chambers with a broad scope of work, so I don’t have to limit myself.
I am also a Civil Mediation Council-registered mediator, so if you are involved in a legal dispute and both you and the other parties want to explore possible non-Court solutions via mediation, I can help.
While most of my work comes through solicitors, as with most barristers, I am qualified to work on a Public Access basis, meaning I can be approached by lay clients directly. There are limitations on what Public Access work I can do (for instance, I don’t do Public Access employment work – and the BSB website has guidance for the public about retaining a barrister on a Public Access basis). So please get in touch with my Practice Director, Sam Carter, to discuss.
Before then, I:
- ran anti-fraud and anti-corruption programmes at two international banks, as well as leading their internal criminal and misconduct investigations;
- Worked in intelligence and investigations for the Financial Services Authority, including instigating the enquiries that led to the convictions of the HBOS Reading fraudsters; and
- Started out as a reporter specialising first in technology and then, from 2001 to 2007, becoming BBC News’ sole specialist in financial crime.
Because I’m a barrister, I’m regulated by the Bar Standards Board.