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I am a qualified solicitor. I graduated from Newcastle University in 1989 with an LL.B (hons) degree and then completed the Law Society Finals at the College of Law in York. I have an MA in North East History, also from Newcastle University. 

I trained as a solicitor with Hay and Kilner, in Newcastle, and on qualification worked in the litigation department handling both claimant and defendant personal injury and clinical negligence cases. After six years I moved to Crutes Law Firm (now DWF) where I conducted defendant personal injury and clinical negligence litigation on behalf of major insurance companies and the NHSLA (NHS Resolution).

I joined the University in 2012. I am a qualified teacher, a qualified coach, a member of the Society for Education and Training, and a Fellow of the HEA. I am Programme Leader for the Law Foundation Year. I teach Civil Litigation, Legal History, and Inquests on the MLaw and LLB degrees. In previous years I  managed civil firms in the Student Law Office and taught English Legal System, Tort, and Trials of Dissenters. I supervise final year archival/legal history projects.


Research interests

My research is in the field of Legal History. I research and write on, predominantly, nineteeenth century lives, trials, and punishments- with a focus on the North East of England. My specific research interest is in coroners and inquests; legal personnel and trials,in the nineteenth century. I am interested in legal biography, the use of digital newspapers for research, and microhistorical inquiry.

I am in the final stages of part time PhD research, at Newcastle University, into the life and work of the Victorian Coroner for Newcastle upon Tyne (titled: The Coroner in an Emerging Industrial Society: John Thedore Hoyle and Newcastle upon Tyne 1857-1885). 

Further Information

I am a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Seldon Society, the Society of Legal Scholars, The Social History Society, the Centre for Nineteenth Century Legal Studies, and Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society. I am co-convenor of the Law and Humanities Research Interest Group.

I have been an external moderator for a University Access course and I am an external examiner at the University of Westminster.

Education/Academic qualification

PGCHE, Northumbria University


History, MA, Newcastle University


Law, DipHE, Northumbria University


College of Law


LLB (Hons), Newcastle University


External positions

University of Westminster

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