Originally from Belfast, I moved to England to study Law at St.Anne’s College, Oxford before being called to the Bar of England and Wales. I practised criminal and family law from 1 King’s Bench Walk, London and that professional experience led to my research interest in the points of intersection between family and criminal law.

Since 2010, first at the University of Surrey, and then the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford I have explored  the way in which children’s rights are observed when their parents are before the court for sentencing,  and the way in which children are impacted when their mothers are sent to prison.

I am particularly interested in the rights of children, and the acknowledgement of those rights when children come into contact with the criminal justice system.