I enjoy writing. The words seem to come quite freely and (some say) extensively! I have often written about family law matters.
My main book of which I am primary author and editor and very proud is "The International Family Law Practice" published by Jordans and probably the leading textbook on the international aspects of family law work. The fourth edition was published May 2015 with details available from me.
With Ann Thomas, I am author of “When Cupids Arrow crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for interntaional families”, a simple Q&A guide for lay persons distilling the complexities of international family law issues into an easily manageable format. Both publications are available via me.
I am also author of “Divorce Reform: a Guide for Lawyers and Mediators” (Thompson Reuters) about the 1996 divorce legislation , “The Business of Family Law” (Jordans) which was the first ever book on practice management of family law work , “SFLA/Resolution Guide to International Family Law” and consulting editor of “Butterworth’s Family Law in Europe”.
I write a regular column for Jordan’s e-newletter on International Family Law matters.
I also enjoy reading and a good story. So when an opportunity arose in Australia , I wrote my first fiction book. It is called “The Innocent Martyr" and is a dramatised fiction based on the story of one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. I was able to carry out original research whilst in Sydney and set a number of the events and scenes in areas I knew. In so doing, I uncovered original source material which showed some of the conventional history books of what happened to them in Australia are incorrect. I am told by those who have read it that it is a good read and a good story. It is presently awaiting interest from publishers, who clearly don't yet realise its potential !
In the meantime I've written another book on , predictably enough, a lawyer and based in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, in the early part of the 19th century and who has a sideline in smuggling but who is recruited by the government as a spy during the Napoleonic wars . I was inspired by a similar and true story as I was doing my research about the convicts in New South Wales . It is partly set in Dorset and part in France.
Finally I have sketched out a trilogy of books set in the mid-19th century and with a distinct nod in the direction of Patrick O'Brian. I love science fiction but I find this sort of subject matter easier to write about. One day the books will find their place on the book shelves or whatever the digital equivalent then will be .