am a medical ethicist and a barrister at 12 King's Bench Walk Chambers, London.
am a columnist for the British Medical Journal ('Ethics Man') and a regular contributor
to the BBC. In February 2015, I was delighted to receive the 'Best Column or Opinion Piece' award at the Medical Journalist' Association Winter Awards 2015 for my BMJ column. Selected writings are available online.
have sat on various committees, including those of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, and the Royal College of Surgeons. I have conducted advisory work, training, and conference moderation for leading companies and charities, and lecture widely on medical ethics and law.
research interests are broad, and include the doctor-patient relationship, truth-telling
in medicine, surgical ethics, military and disaster medicine, medical education,
publication ethics, and the ethics of end-of-life care
My latest ethics book - "Doing Clinical Ethics" was published by Springer in 2012. It has been reviewed by the Medical Protection Society (here), the Ministry of Ethics website (here) and the London Journal of Primary care (here). A pre-publication copy of the book is available at no charge in the 'Publications' section of this website.
In 2013, I co-authored "Pupillage Inside Out", with Isabel McArdle, a guide to the first year of a barrister's practice.
include close-up magic, chess, most sports, French
literature, and playing the piano.