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Ann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and joined the University of Huddersfield in 1993.
She is a former student of the University of Huddersfield and obtained an upper second class LLB in Business Law with honours in 1984.
She took Solicitors’ Finals at the College of Law in Chester in 1985 and passed all heads at the first attempt. She was then articled to Mr Thomas Disken at Disken & Co. Solicitors in Dewsbury and qualified as a Solicitor in 1987. She continued working at Disken & Co. as an Assistant Solicitor, practising mainly in the areas of civil and criminal litigation (but also some family and employment law), until she took up her post at the university. She was attracted back to work at the university when it became one of the first new institutions to be approved by the Law Society to offer the Legal Practice Course.
She was Acting Director of the Legal Practice Course for the 2009-10 academic year, during which time the School of Law started to run the newly validated version 3 of the Legal Practice Course and the first students began to study professional modules on the integrated 4 year degree (the Master of Law and Practice Course).
Ann was awarded an LLM with Distinction for her dissertation on compromise agreements in employment law in July 2013 and is a member of the Law and Policy Research Stream.
Ann is interested in research in areas related to criminal litigation and employment law, particularly those areas which concern practitioners and relate to access to justice and fairness of proceedings. Her LLM was focused on the statutory mechanism used for the settlement of employment tribunal proceedings which is of direct relevance to employment practitioners.
She was joint author of a quarterly employment law bulletin prepared for a prominent firm of employment solicitors for distribution amongst their trade union and employment clients between 1996 and 2008.
Professional Membership & Activities
Ann is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ann has supervised a number of LLM dissertations in the areas of criminal litigation and employment law including dissertations analysing the rules and procedure on the disclosure of prosecution unused material and various aspects of discrimination law.
Ann is currently tutor for year 3 of the Master of Law and Practice Degree and is a member of the Business School Annual Evaluation Committee (which reviews course reports from programmes within the Business School). She is also a member of the Legal Practice Course and Master of Law and Practice Course Assessment Committees.
Ann is currently subject leader for Criminal Litigation and Employment Law and Practice on both the Legal Practice Course and Master of Law and Practice Course in the School of Law. She is also subject tutor for the oral skill of Advocacy which is taught and assessed as part of these courses. She is very enthusiastic about the teaching of these fast changing subjects and strives to give students an experience which is relevant, interactive and which engages them and prepares them for legal practice.