I have been involved in vocational legal education since 1980. I was formerly Lecturer and Senior Tutor in the Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow University and then became a Visiting Professor in the Diploma at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law in 1999. In January 2013 I became the Academic Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) at Strathclyde.
I was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and and began my own legal practice in Glasgow in 1984, under the name of Hennessy Bowie & Co. I became a Solicitor Advocate in 1999. I have specialised in personal injury litigation and civil litigation throughout my legal career. I retired from full time legal practice in 2013 but continue to practice part time.
I am the author of a number of books on civil procedure in Scotland including all 5 editions of "Civil procedure and Practice" (5th edition published by W. Green in October 2018), "Practical Advocacy in the Sheriff Court" (W. Green 2006), and "A Guide to the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (W. Green 2015). I have also written the chapter on Sheriff Court Procedure in W. Green's "Scottish Lawyers Factbook" in 2017 and the Chapter on Civil Litigation in "Understanding Scots Law" (W. Green 3rd edition 2018.)
I am often consulted by the legal profession for advice and opinions on matters of professional legal practice including solicitors discipline proceedings, civil litigation, professional ethics, and advocacy. I regularly chair conferences on civil litigation, advocacy skills and personal injury procedure and practice.
In the DPLP I teach civil litigation, advocacy, professional ethics, and professional legal skills including written and oral presentation, negotiation, interviewing, client care and problem solving. I also teach clinical legal skills to undergraduate students and train students in the University Mooting Society and the Strathclyde Law Clinic.