I qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 and joined a Sheffield legal practice, eventually becoming a partner in the firm and Head of Commercial. My work was in the company and commercial property sectors.
Having gained 16 years' experience of law in practice in a fast moving people related business, I joined the University of Sheffield where I was responsible of establishing and developing their new Legal Practice Course, the mandatory qualifying course for Solicitors. There I specialised in business related subjects and taxation. The Course contains a number of skills related threads and this enabled me to gain considerable experience of delivery and assessment of relevant professional skills.
I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2000, since then I have taught in various subject areas where law is the key element, initially in the Department of Law and latterly in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment.
Skills teaching has remained a strong focus of my interests, linking skills and employability issues within a professional context.
I have also run my own professional advisory and training consultancy company.
I have continued to maintain links with a number of professionals involved in both law and property, in addition to being actively involved in the management of a group of property companies as their Company Secretary and Legal Advisor. These on-going relationships enable me to drawn on contemporaneous practical experience to enhance my teaching and introduce students to many examples of situations that they are likely to encounter in practice.
Specialist areas of interest
Business management in the property and construction industries
Professional skills and employability
I am particularly interested in relating law in a practical context and in teaching professional skills, again relating these to the types of practical problems which might well be experienced in the work environment.
Department of the Natural and Built Environment
Social Sciences and Arts
I produce occasional articles for legal and property related publications.
I undertake consultancy work through my role as Company Secretary and Legal Advisor to a group of property companies.
I also provide consultancy advice to other companies.