I have over seven years of professional experience within the criminal justice sector, including six years practicing as a specialist criminal barrister, and I am currently working as a senior international legal consultant for the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), on the trial of the former leaders of the ‘Khmer Rouge.’
I am interested in opportunities that are available worldwide within criminal/youth justice, criminal defence, Human Rights and international law – particularly roles with a practical legal aspect, such as consultancy, advocacy training, capacity building and legal reform work. Whilst my preference is to be based in the United States, I am open to jobs with substantial amounts of travel and/or located elsewhere.
My extensive practical legal experience has equipped me with exceptional written, verbal, and negation skills; experience in managing multiple priorities under pressure; the ability to accomplish short and long-term deadlines with a heavy workload; outstanding problem-solving, legal reasoning, and analytical capabilities; and the strong interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with all levels of authority. Furthermore, I can work effectively in a team or individually and have a great deal of managerial experience - gained though supervising multicultural staff in a variety of countries. I have also trained junior barristers in advocacy and case preparation, through my position on the Chambers’ pupillage committee, and presented numerous seminars to fellow legal professionals.
I am extremely passionate about criminal justice, Human Rights and the rule of law - as is borne out by my work as a defence barrister and current role at the ECCC. I have been able to pursue this interest through extensive pro-bono work, such as assisting ‘International Bridges to Justice’ with the training and development of local criminal lawyers, helping to draft an application for an international arrest warrant against President Mugabe and preparing submissions on enforced disappearances in Turkey for the Kurdish Human Rights Project. I am also a member of the Law Society’s Human Right’s Action Team, having recently completed their International Intervention Course. Furthermore, I maintain a strong concern for social mobility and have dedicated much of my free time to mentoring young offenders, as well as leading a charity organisation that worked with disadvantaged youths in the local community.
Lastly, I am the sort of person who thrives on new experiences and challenging environments, as demonstrated by the fact that I am currently living and working in a Cambodia – a politically sensitive, transitional democracy - and have travelled and worked extensively around the world.
Senior Legal Consultant
July 2011 to Present
• Selected from hundreds of applicants to work at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on the trial of former leaders of the 'Khmer Rouge', indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
• Senior role in specialist team for Case 002; involving complex questions of Human Rights law, fitness to stand trial, joint criminal enterprise, and international jurisprudence.
• Responsible for preparing oral submissions, drafting motions, legal research, and supervising junior expatriate and national staff.
• Involved in the Court's 'legacy project'; working closely with lawyers and judges to bolster the rule of law and facilitate ongoing dialogue and debate in the national legal system.
October 2005 to Present
• Sole responsibility for managing a large caseload across the entire spectrum of criminal law - from violent and sexual offences, to financial crime, drugs supply, and high-level conspiracies.
• Demonstrated exceptional advocacy expertise through arguing cases in court on a daily basis.
• Developed outstanding core skills; including the ability to think on my feet, draft detailed legal opinions, negotiate with prosecuting authorities, and analyse vast amounts of information.
• Oversaw training and mentoring of junior members of Chambers as well as presenting lectures and seminars to other legal professionals.
Volunteer Legal Researcher & Trainer
November 2011 to January 2012
• Researched and drafted training materials outlining defences available in Cambodian criminal law.
• Advised on the question of torture-tainted evidence and the statute of limitations in the national system.
• Prospective advocacy trainer at conference for local lawyers, scheduled later in the year.
Chairman of Youth Project
August 2010 to July 2011
• Managed a voluntary community project, responsible for training and empowering disadvantaged young people in the local area.
• Devised and organised various activities and initiatives.
June 2008 to June 2011
• Mentored young ex-offender on a one-to-one basis for over ten months.
• Also volunteered as an online mentor for law students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
September 2004 to June 2005
• Worked on a range of serious criminal trials, assisting the senior partner.
• Prepared cases, drafted witness statements, and conducted legal research.
April 2003 to June 2003
• Taught large classes of children on my own, with sole responsibility for development of school curriculum.
June 2002 to August 2002
• Managed multi-national staff of thirty employees, with responsibility for over one hundred young children.
• Gained valuable problem-solving and managerial skills.
Advanced Criminal Advocacy (Gerald T. Bennett Trial Training Programme)
Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in Law (Outstanding)
January 2003 to January 2004
LLB in Law
1999 to 2002
A-Levels - History (A), English (B), Economics (B) & GCES (3 A*s, 5 As, 2Bs)
January 1992 to January 1999
KEY QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
• Qualified as a Barrister in 2005, with extensive trial advocacy experience
• Over seven years of professional legal experience in the criminal justice sector
• Expertise in Human Rights and international law, including consultancy for the United Nations
• Outstanding verbal, written, interpersonal and negotiation skills
• Effective in high-pressure situations and working to strict deadlines with multiple priorities
• Extensive managerial experience, excellent leadership skills, and highly self-motivated
• Exceptional problem solving, logical reasoning, and analytical capabilities
• Ability to organise and evaluate large amounts of information and complex legal material
• Experience working overseas in challenging legal and political environments