I gained my LLB Law Degree from the University of Sheffield in 1993, completed an M.Phil. in Criminology at the University of Cambridge in 1994, travelled round the world for a year before undertaking the LPC at the University of Northumbria. I joined Howells Solicitors in Sheffield as a trainee in 1996. I qualified in 1998 where I specialised in civil liberties and human rights and later became Head of the Civil Liberties Department.I was made a partner at Howells in 2002 and in 2010 I was named Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award as a result of my work on the Marper case before the European Court of Human Rights. The Court ruled that the retention of innocent peoples DNA was a breach of their human rights. It is considered one of the most significant Human Rights cases – a world changer.I have been listed in Chambers and Partners as a leading individual for many years in relation to Actions Against the Police, Civil Liberties and Administrative and Public Law. I have conducted cases before all levels of courts, including the House of Lords and European Court of Human Rights and have over 30 reported cases. I often appear on national television and radio.In 2011 I was appointed as Howells Managing Partner and am responsible for ensuring the firm maintains its excellent reputation and survives and thrives.