I was born and grew up in Sydney. I attended the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)/Bachelor of Laws in 1988. After a period as an ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance, I commenced legal practice in Coonamble NSW where I continued to serve as an honorary (volunteer) ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance. After 2 years I returned to Sydney and took up a position as a legal officer with NSW Health before going to the Bar in 1992.
In 1994 I left full time legal practice and Sydney to take up a position at the new School of Law at the University of New England ('UNE'). During my time at UNE I taught in the areas of criminal law and procedure, torts, health law and advocacy. I left UNE in 2010 to take up my appointment at the ANU. I was initially appointed to both the Fenner School of Environment and Society and the ANU College of Law, but from 1 July 2013 I have been full time in the ANU College of Law, but I retain my links as a visiting fellow and continue to work with colleagues in the Fenner School of fire and emergency management law and policy.
I am married with two teenage daughters.