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.  My work as an academic explores the intersection of crime and the family and in particular the rights of children whose parents are in conflict with the law.

I am currently a British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford,  studying children’s rights during family reintegration after parental imprisonment. My previous ESRC funded research on the rights of children when mothers are sentenced has influenced judicial practice and government policy.