I spent the first five years of my career as a lawyer working in central London. In 1992 I married my husband Andrew, and moved to the Midlands, where I joined national law firm Shoosmiths, becoming a litigation partner.
In 1998 I decided to give up work to raise my family. I returned to work part time for law firm Cobbetts from 2004-05, but I had to leave my job again as James – the second of my three children – was severely disabled.
I spent nearly three years writing Standing up for James, to try to raise awareness of the day-to-day difficulties facing the families of disabled children in the UK. In particular, I wanted to highlight the terrible struggle they often have to get support from local authorities.
I am now actively involved in campaigning for the rights of disabled children. I worked alongside national charities in trying to influence the content of the Children and Families Act, which came into force in autumn 2014. I write and speak on disability issues.
I have had to suspend my activities since August 2014, when James's children's home was closed suddenly due to a safeguarding concern. I have spent the last year finding and settling him into a new placement.