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.

Mukul Chawla QC

Barrister, Foundry Chambers

Mukul Chawla is a recognised leader in complex financial litigation of a criminal and regulatory nature.

In Chambers Directory he has been, and is currently, recommended in Crime, Criminal Fraud and Professional Discipline. In the Legal 500 he is recommended in Crime and Fraud.

Mukul was shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year 2012 by Chambers Directory and in 2015 was winner of that award.

He has experience in prosecuting and defending the most serious allegations of fraud, corruption and allegations of insider dealing; and of advising companies and individuals on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters including Financial Services, compliance with the Bribery Act 2010, internal investigations, export and trade control compliance and anti money-laundering compliance.

He has been instructed in disciplinary proceedings instigated by the Financial Reporting Council in relation to accountants and actuaries.

He is currently advising individuals and companies in relation to bribery, corruption and fraud investigations, compliance with export control regulations and an insider dealing case. On the prosecution side, he is currently instructed by the SFO and CPS in separate bribery and corruption investigations and cases. In commercial proceedings, he is instructed in commercial Arbitration proceedings being conducted in the London Court of International Arbitration.

He undertakes, whether as prosecutor or defender, all types of criminal cases including homicide and health and safety cases.

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.


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.

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.


Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Tan Ikram

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, University of Oxford

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.

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

Head of International Justice, Deputy Head of the 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, responsible for the teams handling all incoming requests for evidence and extradition for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On returning to the CPS in 2015 she was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the Serious Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit and Head of Extradition, the unit responsible for conducting the proceedings in respect of all incoming extradition requests for England and Wales.

In November 2017 she was appointed Head of International Justice and Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division.

Angela Rafferty QC

Chair, Criminal Bar Association

Called the the Bar in 1995, Recorder 2009 and QC 2015. Chair of the Criminal Bar Association September 2017 (currently Vice Chair). Course Director of COIC’s “Advocacy and the Vulnerable” training programme currently being rolled out nationwide. Very experienced specialist Barrister in cases involving vulnerable people including young people with mental health issues, learning disabilities, Autism and Aspergers, physical disabilities and the seriously traumatised. She has been involved in many important reported cases dealing with these issues and is an expert in the field of sexual offending and homicide. She frequently represents very vulnerable young defendants accused of the most serious offences in this and other jurisdictions. Co author of Chapter “Advocacy and the Vulnerable” in Rook and Ward and regular contributor to publications, books seminars and training programmes dealing with her specialisms.

Andrew Smith

Partner, Corker Binning

Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator who has advised on a range of white collar criminal and regulatory matters, many of them international in nature. Andrew is recognised as a Band 2 practitioner for ‘Crime: Extradition’ and a Band 3 practitioner for ‘Financial Crime: Individuals’ by Chambers UK 2017. He is recognised by The Legal 500 UK 2017 in the fields of Financial Services and Professional Discipline. He is included in the Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2015, and recognised in the 2015 UK edition of Super Lawyers. He was named “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times (London) for successfully defending the first extradition request received by the UK from the UAE.

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.