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I am Head of Department of Portsmouth Law School in the Faculty of Business and Law. I am also a Reader in Legal Education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Chair of the Association of Law Teachers.

I am investigating how principles of positive psychology may influence the well-being of staff and students in Higher Education and my current interest lies in the link between well-being and ethics and in the recent High Court decision in the Solicitors Regulation Authority v James and its implications.

I am currently co-leading an international research team that is gathering and analysing the perceptions of well-being of academic staff in Law Schools in order to understand more about the current social contexts in HE and ensure support for improved student well-being can be provided without this being at the expense of staff well-being.

I am a member of the executive committee for the Legal Education Research Network (LERN), a Member of Advisory Board at the Centre for Professional Legal Education, Bond University, and a Visiting Fellow University of Northumbria.

Research Interests

I am interested in research that provides people with a means to help themselves. My research concerns primarily issues of well-being and motivation in legal education and practice.

My current research interests include:

  • The promotion of work life balance in University Law Schools
  • Intentional curriculum design for well-being in Law Students
  • Understanding how coaching supports a positive response to rejection in the workplace
  • Sleep disturbance, mental health, wellbeing and educational impact in UK university students
  • the link between well-being and ethics and in the recent High Court decision in the Solicitors Regulation Authority v James and its implications.


I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1981 and worked in private practice for 15 years.  I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2001 as a Senior Lecturer tasked with the development and accreditation of a suite of qualifying Law Degrees. I was appointed Head as the Department was formed in 2008 and remain so.  

I was appointed as a Reader in Legal Education at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. I have just completed a new book entitled Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice to be published by Routledge later this summer jointly edited with Professor Rachael Field.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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