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College Contact Details

Room: Room 4, Merton Hall

Tel: 01223 746473

LLB/B.Int.Rels(Griffith), LLM(ANU), BCL/M.Phil(Oxon)
College Lecturer and Fellow (St John's College)


My research interest is primarily focused on the interaction between the private law and social policy. Currently my research looks at how common law countries regulate access to high-cost credit (commonly referred to as ‘payday loans’), ensuring a fair balance between freedom, protection and access to welfare. I am interested more generally in how the private law interacts with social policy and social welfare, including the limitations of doctrinal law in responding to the challenges posed by poverty and inequality.

CV / Biography

I am a College Lecturer and Fellow in Private Law at St John’s College where I provide supervisions in Contract Law, Land Law and Tort Law. Prior to this position, I was a lecturer at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford where I completed a D.Phil in Contract Law and Consumer Protection - supported by the Sir John Monash Foundation and the Association of Banking and Finance Lawyers. My career started as a consumer advocate at the Centre for Credit and Consumer Law in Australia, before qualifying as a solicitor and working at Clayton Utz Solicitors in litigation and banking and finance, then Caxton Legal Centre as a community lawyer specialising in consumer protection. I have previously held Fellowships at the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (University of Birmingham) and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy (Princeton University). I have held visiting positions at Columbia Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, and am currently a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore.