As a barrister, I spent over a decade advising the British government on public law - mainly specialising in human rights the law of the EU. I helped negotiate the European Constitution for the UK, drafted legislation and defended the UK in European Courts. I was one of Lord Goldsmith's backroom lawyers at the Attorney General's Office. I'm now managing a seriously freestyle career, doing a variety of things: writing, about law of course but also about politics, culture and ideas; teaching, public speaking and even a bit of podcasting and broadcasting; and various types of consultancy work in law and related areas, like professional regulation and dispute resolution.

Work experience

Work experience
Feb 2009 - Present

Law Lecturer

Open University
2009 - Present

Professional Regulator

General Chiropractic Council
2009 - Present


Practical Law Company
2008 - Present

Writer on Politics, Culture and Ideas

Carl Gardner
2008 - Present

Dispute Resolution Expert

Nominet UK
2006 - Present

Writer, Speaker and Commentator on Law

Head of Legal
1997 - Present

Law Lecturer

National School of Government
2007 - 2008

Law Lecturer

BPP Law School
May 2007 - Nov 2007

Legal Adviser

HMRC and HM Treasury
Oct 2005 - May 2007

Legal Adviser

Attorney General's Office
Feb 2003 - Oct 2005

Legal Adviser

Cabinet Office
Feb 2001 - Feb 2003

Legal Adviser

Department for Work and Pensions
Jun 1999 - Feb 2001

Legal Adviser

Department of Health
Dec 1995 - Apr 1997


Department of Social Security
Oct 1992 - Dec 1995

Volunteer Adviser and Advocate

Free Representation Unit
Oct 1994 - Jun 1995

Pupil Barrister

1 Harcourt Buildings
Oct 1993 - Jun 1994

Pupil Barrister

Gray's Inn Chambers
Oct 1990 - Sep 1991


Marie Curie Cancer Care
Feb 1990 - Oct 1990


Harvest Help
Sep 1988 - Jan 1990

Marketing Trainee/Assistant Brand Manager

Nestlé UK Ltd


Oct 1992 - Jun 1993

Bar Vocational Course

Inns of Court School of Law
Oct 1991 - Jun 1992

Common Professional Examination

Manchester Polytechnic
Oct 1984 - Jun 1988

B.A. Honours