I began my career as a civil engineer, specialising in geotechnical and environmental issues.
I worked for a few years as an engineering consultant and gained a wide range of experience. This included working on infrastructure projects and development projects, and in undertaking compliance monitoring of waste facilities. It also included risk assessment of potentially contaminated sites and carrying out due diligence environmental audits of industrial facilities.
I then studied law and secured a training contract at a magic circle law firm. I had placements there in real estate, environment, intellectual property and corporate teams. On qualification in 2003, I began specialising in environmental law and worked in commercial law firms advising a variety of organisations from large property funds to public bodies and environmental NGOs. My advice covered a wide range of environmental risks, particularly those relating to real estate and development and the waste, mining and minerals sectors. My particular areas of expertise include contaminated land, geotechnical issues, waste regulation and the reuse of materials and industrial permitting.
I now teach law relating to the environment and the built environment to students studying on real estate, surveying and other related courses, as well as teaching professional skills.