I have been working in and around the legal sector for nearly 26 years. This consultancy is the third major stage in my career. (My LinkedIn profile gives the bare facts.)
I first set off as a legal academic, following an undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick and postgraduate research at the European University Institute, Florence. On my return from Italy, I taught for a year at the University of Hull, then in 1989 moved to the University of Bristol, where I stayed until April 2001. My teaching subjects were Public Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence and EU Law, and I conducted research in related areas, as well as developing a specialism in Internet governance.
I made a complete career and life change in early 2001, when I joined Addleshaw Booth & Co as the first PSL in their Trade & Regulatory group (covering competition and commercial law). When the firm merged with Theodore Goddard, to form Addleshaw Goddard, in 2003, I worked with the integration team on a review of merged Information Services provision and on coordination of the firm’s PSL group. This work led to me being appointed the firm’s first Head of Knowledge Management in a newly created Knowledge & Learning directorate, in September 2006.
Having spent over thirteen years at Addleshaws, I have decided that the most satisfying next step is to establish an independent consultancy to help a variety of different clients.