I completed a law degree in 1983, qualified as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1984, and enjoyed three years in private practice, in London and Manchester, before emigrating to Australia. I was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, and Western Australia, and enjoyed a number of years in commercial private practice in Sydney and Perth, before a career move into in-house corporate counsel roles. In the corporate arena, I worked in the mining, construction and publishing sectors, within a number of multi-national and publicly listed corporations, including Consolidated Press and Bond Corporation.
Having lived and worked in Australia for 17 years, I returned to the UK in 2004, and commenced an academic career at the University of Liverpool Law School, where I held administrative posts including Director of Studies for Law and Business programmes, and Sub-Dean for Undergraduate Admissions. I taught contract law, company law, and corporate governance at the Law School until 2009. I then joined the University of Liverpool Management School in a research post, to pursue my developing research interests around corporate law and corporate governance - the relationship of the law and regulation with those it seeks to regulate, and in particular, the board of directors, and its effectiveness as a governance mechanism. I now hold a teaching and scholarship post.