She studied law at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 1978. She was called to the bar in 1979, and was a practising barrister on the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1979 and 2005, working in Birmingham.
She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1998, and was a Recorder of the Crown Court between 1999 and 2005, when she was appointed to the High Court. On 1 October 2013, she was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.
In November 2012 she was appointed by Home Secretary Theresa May to lead the Macur Review, set up to investigate the terms of the Waterhouse inquiry into the North Wales child abuse scandal, which had reported in 2000.
In 2015, it was announced she would become Deputy Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2016 and Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2018; this was brought forward to April 2017 on the appointment of Lord Justice Fulford as the Investigatory Powers Commisioner.
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