Professor David Ormerod QC – Chairperson

Professor of Criminal Justice, University College London

Professor David Ormerod QC is the Editor of The Criminal Law Review. He is Professor of Criminal Justice at University College, London, currently on secondment as the Criminal Law Commissioner for England and Wales. He is a Barrister in the Chambers of Max Hill QC at 18 Red Lion Court and a Bencher of Middle Temple. His publications include Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law (11-14th eds OUP); Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (2008) OUP with Clare Montgomery QC; Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (2008-date) (as Editor in Chief); Smith’s Law of Theft (9th edn. 2007) OUP with David Williams QC. He writes and lectures regularly for the Judicial College in England & Wales and for the legal professions. He co-authored the Crown Court Compendium for the Judicial College. He is an Honorary Bencher of the Bar of Northern Ireland and is a member of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Fulford

Investigatory Powers Commissioner for the United Kingdom, Judge in Charge of Reform

Sir Adrian Fulford was made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1995, and was re-appointed in 2001 before becoming a judge of the High Court on 21 November 2002. He was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and subsequently presided over a number of high-profile cases. Between 2003 and 2012 he also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court’s Trial Division. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal on 10 May 2013, and became the Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales on 1 January 2015. He then served as Senior Presiding Judge from 1 January 2016 until 31 March 2017.

On 27 February 2017, Sir Adrian was appointed to the role of Investigatory Powers Commissioner to provide judicial oversight of the use of investigatory powers by public authorities. He remains a Lord Justice of Appeal and the Judge in charge of the Reform Programme and IT.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Treacy

Chairman, Sentencing Council of England and Wales

Colman Treacy was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1971. He practised from chambers in Birmingham and was head of chambers from 1994 to 2000. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990, a Recorder in 1991 and to the High Court Bench in 2002. He was Presiding Judge on the midland circuit from 2006 to 2009. As a High Court Judge he has sat in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, the Divisional Court, the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Administrative Court and is a Visitor to the Inns of Court. In July 2012 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

Professor Rudi Fortson QC

Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Rudi Fortson QC is noted for his work in relation to serious crime, including fraud, confiscation, asset-recovery, money-laundering, drug trafficking and drug law. He has been described in the Chambers and Partners Directory as “exceptional” (2007), “a staff and a rock to his client” (2008). He has chambers at 25 Bedford Row, London.

Rudi Fortson QC served on the ‘Runciman’ Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act, and he was a member of the Criminal Justice Forum for the Institute for Public Policy Research. He has attended ‘experts meetings’ at the European Commission in Brussels. His work on behalf of the Bar Council of England and Wales in relation to Justice and Home Affairs Issues at EU Level forms part of written evidence that is appended to the Third Report (Session 2006–07) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

Rudi Fortson QC has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of issues relating to the criminal law (as it applies in the UK and in the EU). He recently gave evidence to the inquiry carried out by the all-party parliamentary group into new psycho-active substances.

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Kathleen Harris

Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Kathleen Harris is co-chair of the firm’s Anti-Corruption practice where she represents companies and individuals in a wide range of industries. She is recognised internationally as a leader in her practice area. She represents an FTSE 100 company in relation to a financial fraud case, a FTSE 100 company in relation to a global investigation, a number of high profile individuals across a range of investigations including News International, Rolls Royce and Tesco investigations. She is regularly instructed by companies and individuals in a range of other high profile criminal matters. She was the lead Criminal Adviser for the Management and Standards Committee for News Corporation and News UK, formerly News International where she also represented the companies throughout the criminal investigation, the public inquiry, and the Select Committee proceedings. She has extensive experience of advising at Board Level on regulatory matters.

In The Legal 500 she is recognised as having a “very keen intellect.” Chambers and Partners has recognised her as a leading individual in her field. She is an accomplished litigator with extensive knowledge of and experience in matters involving internal and external investigations and prosecutions under the full range of potential criminal offences and sanctions. Ms. Harris has broad experience advising government ministers on the development and implementation of policy and fraud strategy, and leading complex overseas enquiries and analyses.

Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch

Professor of Law & Assistant Dean, The City Law School

Peter joined The City Law School (formerly known as the Inns of Court School of Law) in 1986, having previously practised predominantly in criminal work. He teaches on the Bar Professional Training Course in the areas of Criminal Litigation & Sentencing, Fraud and Financial Crime, and Advanced Criminal Litigation. Peter also teaches on the LLM in Criminal Litigation, and is the co-ordinator for the Procedure modules on that course. He also supervises students on the LLM in Professional Legal Skills.

Peter is an elected member of the University Senate. He is also chair of the Staff Benevolent Fund and a harassment adviser.

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Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Tan Ikram

Westminster Magistrates' Court & Associate Judge, HM Court of SBA, Cyprus

Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Tan Ikram was born and schooled in Slough. He was Called to the Bar (I) in 1990 and as a solicitor in 1993. He was appointed to the Bench in 2009. He sits at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and is additionally ticketed to hear extradition and terrorism matters. In 2015, he was also appointed an Associate Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

He is the holder of two honorary degrees, Doctor of Laws (LLD) and is a contributing editor of Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice 2017.

Karl Laird

Fellow & Tutor in Law, St Hilda’s College, Oxford University

Karl Laird is currently Fixed-term Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and has also taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and at the LSE.  He is the co-author of Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law and Smith and Hogan’s Text, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law.  He has also authored numerous articles, case notes and book chapters and currently edits Blackstone’s Criminal Practice Monthly Updates.  In the past he has lectured to the Judicial College, the CPS and the Whitehall Prosecutors’ Group.

Clare Montgomery QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Clare is a highly respected specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law, perhaps best known for her work on legally and factually complex cases.  For the past decade Clare has specialised in dealing with the most demanding and difficult legal cases. She has featured in the starred category of QC’s recommended for crime and fraud for the whole of that period. Formerly a member of the Attorney General’s Panel, Clare has also been concerned in a wide range of public law and due process cases both for and against the Government. Clare was named Crime Silk of the Year in 2013 in the inaugural Legal 500 awards and was Crime Silk of the Year in the 2005 and 2011 Chambers & Partners Bar Awards. She has twice been nominated as the Lawyer’s barrister of the year.

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Jasvinder Nakhwal

Partner, Peters & Peters

Partner in the business crime team, Jasvinder is renowned for her specialism in acting for corporate and individual clients in fraud-related criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by domestic and international authorities. Many of her cases have a strong international element.

Jasvinder has particularly strong experience in extradition, INTERPOL and mutual legal assistance matters, corporate internal investigations, cartel investigations undertaken by various competition authorities, and acting for corporate and individual clients in inquests.

She also advises in respect of cash seizure and forfeiture cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and has acted in cases involving allegations of corruption, money laundering, tax and duty evasion in professional disciplinary matters and in inquests and independent inquiries.

Jasvinder is a contributing author to ‘The law of Criminal Cartels Practice and Procedure’, and regularly writes and speaks on her areas of expertise.

Debbie Price

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Head of Extradition, International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service

Following a career in business to business publishing, Debbie Price underwent legal training and qualified as a lawyer at Kingsley Napley Solicitors, where she specialised in complex fraud.  After 10 years with the firm she joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a specialist prosecutor in the Organised Crime Division, advising SOCA and CEOP officers from the outset of the investigation to post trial matters such as confiscation and lifetime management of serious offenders.

At the CPS she specialised in prosecuting organised crime for 6 years and spent a year with the organisation’s International Division, where she was responsible for Rule of Law and capacity building projects in West Africa and the Caribbean.

In 2012 she was seconded to the Home Office Judicial Co-operation Unit as the Head of the UK Central Authority, and subsequently also Head of the Extradition Casework Section.  On returning to the CPS in 2015 she was appointed Head of Extradition, the unit responsible for conducting the proceedings in respect of all incoming extradition requests for England and Wales.

Angela Rafferty QC

Chairman, Criminal Bar Association

Helen Valley

Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Helen Valley specialises in defending serious and complex crime, including homicide, firearms, drugs and fraud cases.

She took part in the consultation process in relation to pre-recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.

She is the co-author, with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row, of “Pre-recorded video evidence- Section 28 “. Criminal Law and Justice Weekly Volume 178 May 2014.

Helen has spoken on the topic of Section 28 to various organisations, including the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Criminal Law Friends Society.