I have been a practising barrister for over twenty five years. The areas of law I practise in are criminal law and human rights and animal law.
My practice involves dealing with complex and serious cases of a wide variety for both the prosecution and the defence. The areas I cover include animal cruelty, armed robbery, confiscation, discrimination, drug-dealing, white-collar crime and murder. Most of my cases involve technical issues which in turn necessitate the use of experts such as Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Forensic Scientists.
I also represent mentally-ill Defendants in the Crown Court and occasionally in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
I am a qualified Mediator. The problems are usually sensitive and the people are often vulnerable. I listen carefully to each participant and help them to negotiate a resolution of their problem that is mutually satisfactory. The crucial aspect of the procedure is to help the participants to help themselves rather than try to make a decision for them. Their mutual satisfaction is the primary goal.
I have taken a special interest in the Human Rights Jurisprudence because of the impact of it on all areas of English Law. I was a Facilitator for the Bar Council on the Human Rights Courses for fellow barristers. Allied to that I have given lectures on the Human Rights Act and its impact generally and specifically on the Mental Health Act.
I tend to use the Convention in all areas of practice as it impinges on so many aspects of all areas of law when interpreted and used creatively. It has a direct relevance to the welfare and rights of all of us and equally no less when deciding whether an animal has a right to live.
I have had a long-term interest in Animal Law. In connection with that I have researched all aspects of the plight and lack of rights of animals within our society. My research and writing on the subject includes the link between racism and sexism and speciesism. To that end I have delivered lectures on Violence and Speciesism and The Cycle of Cruelty: The Connection between Animal and Child Abuse.
My books include the seminal work on animals and criminal law: Animals-in-Law  and Dogs of Law . Both books include an analysis of the ‘character’ of the perpetrators who often abuse animals and then graduate to abusing children and women. The ‘link’ is the victims are carefully selected because of their vulnerability.
In 2016 I wrote The Sentencing of Dangerous Dogs and Dangerous Owners: Criminal Law and Justice and in 2017 Do We need an Animal Abuser Register?: BBC Wildlife Magazine. .
In 2015 I was appointed a Visiting Professor in Animal Law at the University of Winchester. My primary purpose and role was to draft the complete Syllabus for a brand new Course that hitherto did not exist. Indeed neither did the Department exist. I was responsible for the development of the complete Course in relation to the criminal aspects of animal law and welfare and rights.
That meant drafting a Course covering the complete Syllabus on law of over 100,000 words. The MSc is now a successful course and has both national and international students.
As part of my remit I also drafted a new Course which is an Introduction to Animals and Criminal Law. That is a BA which is now running with full-time undergraduates whom I lecture to on the subject. The academic Team whom I have the rare pleasure to work with are experienced in ethical philosophy and veterinary surgery. Moreover they are generous in spirit and imaginative of mind.
My main interest in bees began when I realised that they are swiftly becoming an ‘endangered species’. Then the more I read and researched about their means and ways of living I quickly realised that they are the most important animal on our planet. While all animals from an antelope to a zebra have their own special qualities, bees are the one creature that combine everything about the law of nature that shows us that in the scheme of things we are about as important as an average active ant on a decomposing dunghill. Bees can teach us everything we need to know about everyday living if we care enough to learn. Bees are the most significant animals on the planet that were here in one form or another long before us and there is every reason to think they will remain long after we have disappeared.
A fossil of a bee proved that they existed 100 million years ago.
Bees are seen as nothing less than detritus by some people who understand nothing about what really matters in life and law, be it of nature or merely the universe. Some religions see and deem many animals as ‘unclean’ whether it is bees or cats or dogs. Some legal systems reflect that myopic notion. Such hypocrisy combines a lack of vision with an empty mind. Bees no less than us need a ‘legal personality’ to protect their position within our society now and more urgently for our collective future.
As a result of my research I drafted bees-at-law which is intended to be a contribution to the challenge facing bees as their destruction is growing daily following the forlorn folly of their enemy: us.