I began my practice as a barrister in 1976. I did not have a planned career path but soon found myself drawn to criminal law and defence work. All these years later this is how it has stayed. My “job satisfaction” remains the same. In 1999 I became a QC and appear in courts in many countries abroad as well as all over the UK.
What a privilege to hear people’s stories and have the opportunity to help. After my day fighting cases at the Old Bailey, for 3 years I was also a Bereavement Counsellor in the evenings.
I have 3 outstanding adult children. I am blessed to be their Dad. As kids they all knew of my fear of dogs but persuaded me to change. My first ever dog, the wonderful Cato the Flat-Coated Retriever, passed on after a happy life. Just a few years ago the amazing Dylan the Cocker Spaniel then followed. I now spend as much time as possible with Milo, the marvelous Cockapoo. We go for long walks and discuss Law and Life. Also, I throw tennis balls. He chases them but never throws them back.
In November 2016, I was invited to address Oxford University Bar Society about my career, “40 years of Murder”. I have appeared many times on TV and on Internet films about notorious cases where I have fought against bad prosecutions. There is such satisfaction in defeating injustice.