I am an Associate Professor in Law, based within the Accounting, Finance and Law Subject Group in the Business School. I am a qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of Scotland (admitted 1992). I teach a range of modules on delict, dispute resolution, ethics and the legal profession. In addition, I am an experienced doctoral supervisor both in law and beyond reflecting my broad academic and professional experience.
I studied Medieval History before undertaking my law degree at the University of Edinburgh. During my law studies, I worked for a number of law firms in Edinburgh and London. I undertook my legal traineeship in a niche civil court firm before becoming an Assistant in W&J Burness, W.S. I was invited to teach on the Diploma at Edinburgh and found that I really enjoyed working with students. In turn, I chose to leave legal practice and completed an LLM (1995). Following up an interest in comparative law, I developed a proposal for doctoral research which led me to study social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.
With ESRC funding awards, I conducted the first ethnographic study of law and legal change in Bhutan. In 2001 I was awarded the RAI/Sutasoma Award. After completing my PhD, I won an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003) and conducted further fieldwork in Bhutan. Appointed as a fixed term lecturer in Social Anthropology (2004), I taught a range of courses on South Asia and political anthropology. In 2005, I was appointed as ESRC Research Fellow in Socio-Legal Studies and joined the Scottish Government in 2007.
At present, my research is focussed on domestic abuse and in particular, how the law and court system take domestic abuse in to account when making decisions about children. In October 2018, in collaboration with ProfessorJane Mair and Professor Michele Burman (University of Glasgow), we will begin a new study funded by the Scottish Government.