Ronnie joined City Law School to teach the Bar course in September 2007, after 15 years at the Bar, 3 children and nudging a husband onto the High Court Bench.
She was called to the Bar in 1982 and was a member of a common law set developing a mixed practice. She began to specialise in family work and joined the then newly formed One Garden Court Chambers in January 1988. Her practice encompassed all family fields including heavy weight private and public law High court children applications, financial disputes and child abduction. She had extensive trial experience from the Magistrates' Court to the High Court and on appeal in the Court of Appeal. She was a Gray's Inn accredited pupil master for about 6 years and a member of Chambers' pupillage committee.
At City, Ronnie has been the Co-ordinator of Civil Litigation for 7 years and led the teaching team in introducing more educational technology to assist students’ learning. In 2019, she co-delivered papers on this at both internal and external HE Teaching and Learning Conferences. She is a key player in the development of the new online and blended learning civil courses. She both writes questions for the BSB and acts as a standard setter for the civil litigation paper. She also teaches on all the civil skills subjects and Family law.
She has helped run the School's pro bono training with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) since 2008 and has helped train over 700 students. In 2009, Ronnie created the clinical based option, which enables students to use this work as part of their Bar qualification. City is the only BPTC provider to offer it. City won a Higher Education National Student Volunteering Award in June 2010 for its domestic abuse work. She has presented seminars on this clinical option at the Higher Education Conference in June 2010 and at Nottingham University and Andalou University, Turkey in July 2015.
Ronnie is an external examiner for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, which sets the entrance exams to the Northern Irish legal profession. She is a member of the FLBA, a trustee of the Thames Valley Family Mediation Service and has extensive links with the judiciary and senior practitioners through her former chambers and her other ties with the legal profession.
Ronnie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) King’s College, London 1981.