Reader in Law and Director of Postgraduate Research
Annette joined Cardiff Law School as a lecturer in September 2003. She is the module leader for Tort and also teaches Legal Foundations.
Her research, which focuses on various aspects of civil justice, draws on the practical experience she has gained to date. Before joining Cardiff, she worked as a legal assistant in the claims department of the Norwich and Norfolk NHS Trust; was a pupil barrister at 4 Pump Court, Temple - a defendant-oriented common law and commercial chambers and was policy research officer at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
She is most well known for her work on compensation culture which was cited in the House of Commons' Constitutional Affairs Committee report on the issue in 2006. She spoke recently on the issue at a public engagement event entitled 'Hard Cases: Shaping Legal Policy' which was organised as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science 2012. She is currently writing on the most recent issue within the compensation culture debate - whiplash - on which the Government has just issued a consultation paper.
Annette is a member of the Journal of Law and Society's editorial board and a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. She is the Subject Sections Secretary for the Society of Legal Scholars and the rapporteur for England and Wales at the European Centre for Tort Law and Insurance. She was previously the convenor of the Torts subject section of the Society of Legal Scholars, the academic representative on the Civil Justice Council's Injury Committee and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Professional Negligence.
She is currently an external examiner at BPP Law School though has previously externally examined at the University of Westminster. She was a Visiting Lecturer at Charles University, Prague in April 2007.
Originally from Aberystwyth, Annette graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 1996 with a first class honours degree in Law with European Legal Systems and achieved a School of Law Prize for her academic achievement. During 1994-1995 she also studied at the University of Limburg in Maastricht, The Netherlands as an ERASMUS student. She was awarded her Masters by Research, which concerned damages for personal injury, in 1998.
|July 2013||Tort and Social Justice in the UK||Law on the Edge, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada|
|June 2013||The UK 'Compensation Culture': Trends and Tribulations||Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA|
|September 2012||Compensation Culture Revisited: The Road Traffic Accident Exception||Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Bristol University|
|April 2012||Tort Law Culture in the United Kingdom: Image and Reality in Personal Injury Compensation (with Richard Lewis)||Cultures of Tort Law in Europe, European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law, Vienna, Austria|
|June 2011||The Politicisation of Tort and Adversarial Legalism: The Anglo-American Way?||Law and Society Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, USA|
|July 2010||Claims for Sale: Injured Ethics?||International Legal Ethics Conference IV, Stanford University, California, USA|
|April 2009||Asbestos Wars and the Battle Over Pleural Plaques||Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Leicester|
|November 2008||The Liability of Public Bodies and the Law Commission's Paper on Administrative Redress||Informal Seminar, Cardiff Law School|
|September 2007||The Proposed Streamlined Procedure for Lower-value Personal Injury Claims||Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Costs and Funding Conference , London|
|July 2007||Small Claims, Big Problem? The Personal Injury Perspective||W G Hart Workshop on access to justice , Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London|
|October 2006||The Compensation Culture and Empirical Research||Panel on Compensation Culture, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Keele|
|May 2006||Coping with the Costs War: The Judiciary and the Conditional Fee Regime||Changes of Judicial Culture and Decision Making in Different Branches of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic|
|January 2006||Haltom and McCann's 'Distorting the Law'||Cardiff Law School Research Away Day, Cardiff|
|December 2005||Spiralling or Stabilising? The Compensation Culture and our Propensity to Claim Damages for Personal Injury||Does the Litigation System in England and Wales Deliver Access to Justice and Value for Money?, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford|
|October 2005||The Compensation Culture Debate: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics||Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Glasgow|
|May 2005||No-win, No-fee, No Stopping Us?||Cardiff Law School Staff Seminar , Cardiff|