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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 working with Professor Dr Samantha Halliday (Co-Investigator) on the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)-funded research project „Die Verjährung als Herausforderung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit in Strafsachen – Entwicklung eines Harmonisierungsvorschlags,“ led by Prof. Dr. Gudrun Hochmayr (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Walter Gropp (Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, Germany.).

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Criminal litigation 
  • Employment law 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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