My Cambridge degree straddled English and law.
I was a tax partner at Freshfields for fifteen years. So I had to explain complicated ideas and structures in a way anyone could understand.
I was convinced that the firm's reputation would stand or fall by the quality of its writing. So I worked to establish a culture of excellent writing throughout the firm.
I am now an independent consultant. I help law firms and other businesses who want to achieve written excellence: from technical drafting to emails of advice, from client briefings to pitches for new business.
Good writing habits should begin early. So I also teach writing skills to undergraduates studying law at the University of Southampton.