Professor David Ormerod QC – Chairperson

Professor of Criminal Justice, University College London

David Ormerod QC is the Professor of Criminal Justice at University College London. He is a Barrister in the Chambers of Max Hill QC at 18 Red Lion Chambers and a Bencher of Middle Temple. Since 2010 he has been Law Commissioner for England & Wales responsible for Criminal Law and Evidence. David is General Editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and The Criminal Law Review. He was the consultant editor in 2010 and 2015 for Halsbury’s Laws of England on Criminal Evidence and Procedure and for Halsbury’s Laws of England on Criminal Law.  His research ranges across all aspects of criminal law, evidence and procedure and includes prestigious publications: Smith and Hogan Criminal Law (11, 12, 13th 14th, 15th eds OUP); Smith and Hogan Criminal Law Cases and Materials (9th, 10th 11th eds OUP); Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (2008) OUP with Clare Montgomery QC; Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (2008-2019); and Smith’s Law of Theft (9th edn. 2007) OUP with David Williams QC. David writes and lectures regularly for the Judicial College in England and Wales and for the legal profession. He assisted in drafting the Crown Court Bench Book (2010) and the new Compendium Bench Book 2016. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Council, the Advocacy Training Council and the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association.

The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty

Chair of the judicial college and Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales,

Lady Justice Anne Rafferty was appointed Vice chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission on 14 November 2017.

Anne was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011 and a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench division in 2000. She was made a Recorder in 1991, and a deputy High Court judge in 1996. She has been Chairman of the Judicial College since 2014 and was Deputy Chairman of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee from 2012 to 2017.

Anne began her professional career as a barrister in 1973 and practised in criminal law. She was the first woman to chair the Criminal Bar Association. In 2015 she was made Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

Professor Ed Cape

Emeritus Professor of Criminal Law and Practice, Centre for Applied Legal Research, Law Department, University of the West of England

Ed is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He writes and contributes to practitioner works, including Defending Suspects at Police Stations (LAG, 2017), and Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP, annual). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Criminal Law Review, for which he also writes case commentaries, and also publishes a bi-annual police station law and practice update in the journal Legal Action.  Ed’s research has primarily been in the field of criminal justice and legal aid, and in particular the procedural rights of suspects and accused persons, and criminal defence. He carried out a series of studies of criminal defence rights, in Europe and Latin America (Effective Criminal Defence in Europe (2010), Effective Criminal Defence in Eastern Europe (2012), and Effective Criminal Defence in Latin America (2015)), and also fieldwork-based studies of the procedural rights of suspects in police custody (Inside Police Custody: An Empirical Account of Suspects’ Rights in Four Jurisdictions (2014)); and is currently engaged in a nine-country replication of the latter study. Ed was commissioned by the UNODC to write Early access to legal aid in criminal justice processes: a handbook for policymakers and practitioners (2014), which was designed to give practical guidance to assist in implementation of the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. Ed has recently worked on a project developing standards of professional conduct for legal aid defence lawyers in China, and is a member of the Advisory Council of a project to develop a universal protocol on investigative interviewing and associated safeguards.

Lyndon Harris

General Editor and Editor, Current Sentencing Practice and Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing)

Since being called to the Bar in 2010, Lyndon has specialised in sentencing law. Initially co-writing Banks on Sentence with Robert Banks, upon the untimely death of David Thomas in 2013, he accepted an invitation to take on the sentencing titles David had made so successful. With Nicola Padfield (Fitzwiliam College, Cambridge) he edits Current Sentencing Practice, the Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing) and Thomas’ Sentencing Referencer. Lyndon is a member of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford where he reading for a DPhil in Criminology. He is also involved with the Law Commission’s Sentencing Procedure project, producing their “current law” document – a statement of all of the current law of sentencing – issued as the Law Commission’s longest ever consultation paper in 2015. Lyndon has recently assisted HHJ Topolski QC in producing material for the Judicial College Homicide Sentencing course. He also writes monthly case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Tim Holroyde

Chairman, Sentencing Council of England and Wales

Tim Holroyde was appointed as Chairman of the Sentencing Council by the Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, in August 2018.

He was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1977. He practised on the Northern Circuit, taking silk in 1996. Throughout his career as a barrister, he prosecuted and defended in criminal cases of all kinds.

He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1994, a Recorder in 1997 and is currently course director of the Judicial College’s serious crimes seminar. He was appointed a High Court Judge in January 2009 and was a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit for the period 2012-2015. In October 2017 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

He was originally appointed to the Sentencing Council on 6 April 2015.

Laura Hoyano

Associate Professor of Law, and Barrister, Oxford University, Red Lion Chambers

Laura Hoyano’s career in academia and at the Canadian and English Bars focuses on the intersections between areas of law commonly regarded as disconnected: Child Abuse and Criminal, Tort, Human Rights, Family and Evidence Law (taking a comparative approach);  Evidence Law and Human Rights; Medical Law & Ethics, Tort Law and Human Rights; and Criminal, Tort and Contract Law (deception and misrepresentation).2008 her book with Caroline Keenan, Child Abuse Law and Policy across Boundaries (OUP 2007), examining how allegations of child abuse are litigated in criminal, family, tort, and human rights law, and the rules of evidence, across 76 jurisdictions, was awarded the first Inner Temple Book  Prize for outstanding contribution to legal scholarship and public policy, a competition open to all legal publications in English in the world in the previous four years. The OUP published an updated paperback edition in 2010, and a further complete edition, single-authored by Laura, will be published by the OUP in 2018.  The new edition adds the Republic of Ireland as a 77th jurisdiction, and a new chapter on public inquiries and historic allegations of abuse. See further below under Research Interests and Publiations.

Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch

Assistant Dean, The City Law School of City, University of London

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.

Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram

, Chief Magistrate

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.

Kristin Jones

Head of the Specialist Fraud Division, Crown Prosecution Service

Kristin Jones is Head of Specialist Fraud Division, and took up post in April 2016.

Prior to that she was Head of Strategic Relations and International Assistance at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), having joined as a member of its Management Board in the autumn of 2012.

Before joining the SFO, Kristin was a Deputy Director at the Attorney General’s Office, leading the Criminal Law Team. Kristin has also worked at the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, HM Customs and Excise, the Department for Trade and Industry and the Crown Prosecution Service where she worked in CPS London and CPS Headquarters. Kristin has specialised in fraud prosecutions throughout her career.

Karl Laird

Lecturer in Law, University of Oxford

Karl Laird, BCL (Oxon) LLB (Lond) is a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. His research interests are in criminal law and the law of evidence, in addition to related areas of public law. He also teaches a course on statutory interpretation at the University of Cambridge. He has previously taught at the University of Bristol and at the LSE. He is the author of numerous publications, including Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law (co-authored with Professor David Ormerod QC), and is a contributor to Montgomery and Ormerod: Fraud Law and Practice. Karl writes commentaries for the Criminal Law Review and Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime, and edits the monthly e-updates for Blackstone’s Criminal Practice.  He has lectured widely, including to the judiciary, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors’ Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice. Since October 2018, he has been a pupil barrister at 6KBW College Hill.

Claire Lipworth

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Claire’s combined prosecution and defence experience allows her to bring a unique insight to her cases. She advises financial institutions, corporate and individual clients and professional firms in relation to a variety of financial crime matters including money laundering, fraud – related issues,  bribery and corruption, insider dealing and market manipulation .

Claire began her career at well-known white-collar crime boutique Peters & Peters where she was a partner for 10 years, before joining the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority where she served as Chief Criminal Counsel/Chief Prosecutor.

Clients also seek Claire’s advice on prevention and compliance measures as well as on guidance and training to assist them to meet their legal obligations.

Lisa Osofsky

Director, SFO

Lisa Osofsky became the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on August 28, 2018. In this role, she is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions for some of the UK’s most serious and complex fraud and bribery. Before joining the Serious Fraud Office, Osofsky served as EMEA Regional Chair based in Exiger’s London office. In this role, she served as the EMEA lead on Anti-Money-Laundering and Sanctions monitorship of HSBC Bank, as well as other monitorship work centred in Europe.

Previously she was the Regulatory Advisor at Control Risks. Prior to that Osofsky was the Executive Director of the Business Intelligence Group and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Goldman Sachs International, London. Preceding her time with Goldman Sachs, Osofsky served as the Deputy General Counsel (DGC) and Ethics Officer for the FBI. Osofsky was also a Special Attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and stationed at the SFO in London. Osofsky began her career in Chicago as a law clerk to federal judge James B. Moran; she then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Before becoming DGC of the FBI, Osofsky served in DOJ’s Office of International Affairs. Osofsky received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Tim Owen QC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Tim specialises in financial crime, asset recovery/confiscation, extradition, sanctions, public, human rights and media law.  A founder member of Matrix chambers, he also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court and is an Acting Judge to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Monica Stevenson

Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Monica Stevenson is a criminal barrister instructed in a wide range of serious and complex cases, including allegations of serious sexual misconduct and child cruelty.

An accredited facilitator for the vulnerable witness training scheme, she is currently involved in assisting other barristers with training in this field.

Monica is a long standing member of the Criminal Bar Association Education Sub-Committee and the author of several articles for the legal press, including “Pre-recorded Video Evidence, Section 28”, Criminal Law Justice Quarterly (June 2014) which features as recommended reading on The Advocates’ Gateway (Toolkits) website.

In addition to general crime, she has experience in other areas including inquest hearings and working as part of the counsel team for one of the key participants to the “Undercover Policing Inquiry” (investigating and reporting on undercover police operations in England and Wales since 1968).

Before becoming a barrister, Monica lectured in Public International Law at an independent college in London.

Helen Valley

Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Ranked as a Leading Junior in  Crime in Legal 500  2018. A barrister with over 25 years experience defending serious and complex crime, including homicide,firearms,drugs and fraud cases.

In her fraud work she is routinely instructed on behalf of professionals such as Doctors, Local Authority Officials and Company Directors. Helen is particularly known for her sensitivity and patience with clients and her ability to deal with vulnerable defendants.

Called to the Bar in 1990 Helen is part of a team of practitioners and Judges who have been accredited to train new entrants in advocacy techniques and best practice. Helen took part in the consultation process in relation to pre-recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and has co-authored a leading article on the topic. Helen has spoken in this regard to various organisations including the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Criminal Law Review Conference.