When did you decide to get actively involved in human rights? Was there one defining moment?
I have been actively involved with human rights cases in different shapes and forms over the last 25 years. My primary interest has been in assisting victims of miscarriages of justice in this country and I have taken many cases to the Court of Appeal. I also act for families whose relatives have died in custody. I have been a member of Amnesty and Reprieve for many years.
Which human rights practitioners do you find most inspiring?
Michael Birnbaum QC and Clive Stafford Smith.
What has been the high point of your human rights career so far?
May 2005 when the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction of Paul Blackburn who had served nearly 25 years for a crime for which he was innocent.
What has been the low point?
Every time the Court of Appeal or the CCRC turn down one of my miscarriage of justice cases.
Is there a current human rights debate that you are particularly interested in?
I am particularly interested in anything involving the death penalty. I find it extraordinary that this country can stand by calmly allowing death sentences to be passed regularly in many US states without condemning each and every proposed execution. We seem to be very quick to criticise such actions by countries other than the US and I find the attitude that we adopt to death sentences being carried out in the US particularly hypocritical.
What is your favourite human right?
All of them, but if I had to choose - Article 2.
Do you support the work of a particular human rights NGO?
Reprieve and Amnesty International in equal measure.
What is your dream job?
Working for the United Nations as a human rights ambassador.
What was the last book you read?
Human Traces Sebastian Faulks.