Louise Cowen

Call To The Bar: 2010


Louise became a tenant at Lincoln House in September 2011. She practices in criminal, regulatory and civil law.

Prior to joining Lincoln House, Louise read Law at Cambridge University before completing her MPhil and PhD in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.

Her PhD examined how judges exercise discretion when sentencing mentally disordered individuals, and how psychiatrists and probation officers exercise discretion when preparing pre-sentence reports. She is consequently very familiar with mental health policy, legislation and case law. Following her PhDs, she studied the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was awarded a Commendation for achieving the highest mark in the Criminal Litigation exam. She was the Richard Isaacson Scholar in 2010.

Louise combines her academic interests with her legal practice. She has worked as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Central Lancashire, where she taught criminal and civil litigation, criminal law and the law of evidence to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has also worked as a supervisor in Law at Cambridge University, where she taught criminal evidence and procedure to undergraduate students. She is a contributing editor to the Archbold Magistrates Courts Criminal Practice publication, and she is sentencing editor of the Archbold Review journal.