I joined the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston in 2009. I originally qualified as a barrister, and practised civil and criminal law in Liverpool before moving to the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall, where I worked as part of a small team of specialist lawyers responsible for drafting primary legislation. Combining long-standing interests in both language and law, I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics and subsequently a PhD on police interviewing at the University of Nottingham. My research interests include all aspects of language and communication in legal contexts, especially spoken interaction and the use of language data as evidence.
I was called to the Bar in 1999 (Middle Temple)
I also supervise dissertations at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level.
I am a regular tutor on the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis
Language and law / forensic linguistics
(Critical) discourse analysis
Spoken and written discourse
Language and identity
International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)
British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple