Fen is currently completing a mixed pupillage under the supervision of Paul Smith and Giles Bridge.
Prior to pupillage, Fen gained valuable advocacy experience in client-facing roles with a number of national organisations, including Citizens Advice Bureau, the Free Representation Unit, and Nightline. This work put him in regular contact with individuals from all walks of life and particularly vulnerable populations, young people, persons with disabilities and mental health conditions, and non-native English speakers. As a result, Fen understands and is responds keenly to a range of clients’ needs.
While studying for the Bar, Fen served as Student Director of the Criminal Appeals Project within BPP’s Pro Bono Unit and was an active participant in the Mock Trials Project, delivering workshops on the criminal justice system to school children and conducting mock trials as counsel. This complemented previous experience as a lead mentor with Debate Mate, as a private tutor, and as a teacher of English as a foreign language.
Fen’s PhD research focuses on issues of mental and legal capacity in criminal law using vulnerability theory. He has served on the editorial board of academic journals, worked as a research assistant for an NGO conducting strategic human rights litigation, and delivered papers at academic conferences around the world.
Fen is happy to accept instructions in all areas of law.