Committee

Dr J.J. Child

Dr J.J. Child

University of Sussex – Director

Biography 

Dr John Child is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham; and Co-founding Director of and Criminal Law Reform Now Network. [University Profile]

John has been at Birmingham since 2018. Prior to this, John held posts at Sussex Law School (2013-2018); Oxford Brookes Law School (2010-13); and the Criminal Law Team at the Law Commission for England and Wales (2007-8). John has held visiting positions at Boston University; the University of Birmingham; as well as the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. 

 

Research

John’s research interests centre on criminal law theory and doctrine, where he has published widely.

John's publications can be found at:

http://ssrn.com/author=2174528  

https://sussex.academia.edu/JohnChild

Dr J. Rogers

Dr J. Rogers

UCL – Director

Biography

 Dr Jonathan Rogers gained his undergraduate degree in law from the University of Nottingham and completed his PhD at UCL in 1999. He accepted his first full-time lectureship at Brunel University in 2000 and moved to UCL in 2002, and has been a Senior Lecturer there since 2010. He lectures in criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure and human rights. He has also been a Fellow of Middle Temple since 2009. He gives talks to practitioner audiences on a variety of criminal justice topics, including to date domestic violence, criminal attempts, bad character evidence, hearsay evidence, prosecutorial discretion and review of prosecutorial decisions.

 

Research

Jonathan’s research interests cover a range of fields, from substantive criminal law to procedure and evidence. More information, including a list of publications, is available on Jonathan’s UCL staff profile.

 

Professor Liz Campbell

Professor Liz Campbell

University of Durham

Biography

Liz is the inaugural Francine McNiff Chair of Criminal Jurisprudence at Monash University, Melbourne, having previously been Professor of Criminal Law at Durham University. Staff Profile.  
She is adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology School of Justice.

 

Research

Liz’s research looks at how and in what ways the criminal law and criminal process responds to politicised social problems. She is interested in how legal definitions are constructed, and how the politics of definitions determines and affects legal measures. She uses this lens to explore laws on organised crime, white collar crime and corruption, the presumption of innocence, and the trial process more broadly. Her work is socio-legal in considering the law in context, and often involves a comparative dimension. There is an empirical element to some of her work, such as the project on “Corporate Vehicles – Understanding the use of ‘Licit’ Corporate Entities by Transnational Organised Crime Groups in the Concealment, Conversion and Control of Illicit Finance”.

Liz publishes widely in leading international and domestic journals. Her publications include a research monograph on Organised Crime and the Law (Hart, 2013), a jointly written book on The Collection and Retention of DNA from Suspects in New Zealand with Nessa Lynch (Victoria University Press, 2015) and a textbook on Criminal Law in Ireland (Clarus, 2010).

Mr Simon McKay

Mr Simon McKay

Barrister

 

Simon originally qualified as a solicitor before transferring to the Bar. He was one of the few solicitor-advocates qualified in both civil and criminal proceedings. He has exercised higher rights, including before the Supreme Court in a key secret justice case, since 2003.

 

His experience as a solicitor means he understands the pressures on those who instruct him and can often assist with an early and informal view on the merits of a case, advice and assistance on case management and where necessary preparation.


As a young and in fact unqualified lawyer Simon handled the case of Private Lee Clegg, a paratrooper convicted, but later cleared of murder following a fatal shooting in Northern Ireland. This was his first Supreme Court (House of Lords as it then was) case and at that time, most high profile. He was later involved in some of the country’s most notorious murder and other serious criminal cases as well as civil law claims and public law challenges against the state, police and other public authorities.

 

Between 2000 and 2004 he worked for a Government department advising on national security-related matters, counter-terrorism operations and the whole range of surveillance law issues (from interception and other covert surveillance to informers and witness protection matters). He was one of the Attorney General’s Special Advocates (Terrorism) for ten years and retains his expertise in the handling of sensitive intelligence, disclosure, terrorism and other national security-related law generally (such as, for example, Official Secrets Act offences).

 

Simon is the author of the leading textbook on the interception of communications, informers, encryption and covert surveillance law: Covert Policing Law & Practice published by Oxford University Press.

 

Simon has also written Blackstones’ Guide to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (published November 2017) and jointly written chapters for other books. He frequently writes papers and articles for peer-reviewed publications and the news media and for the legal press.

 

Simon’s practise encompasses acting in and advising on serious criminal matters (he is often brought in to ongoing cases to advise on surveillance law issues involving intercept, electronic surveillance, informers and undercover policing), judicial reviews, media law, advisory work on the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and civil claims (actions for/against the state, misuse of private information, civil claims for unlawful interception).

 

His advocacy has been the subject of positive judicial comment, the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas referred to his “realism and strength of advocacy” and that he had argued his case “responsibly, attractively and with vigour” and Wyn Williams J said he “argued [his client’s] case with conspicuous skill and moderation”.

 

Between 2000 and 2004 he worked for a Government department advising on national security-related matters, counter-terrorism operations and the whole range of surveillance law issues (from interception and other covert surveillance to informers and witness protection matters). He was one of the Attorney General’s Special Advocates (Terrorism) for ten years and retains his expertise in the handling of sensitive intelligence, disclosure, terrorism and other national security-related law generally (such as, for example, Official Secrets Act offences).

 

Simon is the author of the leading textbook on the interception of communications, informers, encryption and covert surveillance law: Covert Policing Law & Practice published by Oxford University Press.

 

Website: https://simonmckay.co.uk/about/ 

Mr Paul Jarvis

Mr Paul Jarvis

Barrister

Paul Jarvis is a barrister in private practice at 6KBW College Hill in London.  He is also Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court, appointed by the Attorney General to handle the most complex prosecution cases in the country.  His practice generally encompasses prosecuting and defending in cases of homicide, fraud and serious sexual offending.  He is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading barrister in the areas of crime, fraud and the proceeds of crime.  He has previously worked with the Criminal Team at the Law Commission for England and Wales.  He is a contributor to Blackstones’ Criminal Practice, now the leading practitioner text in the field of criminal law, and Millington and Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime.  He has written articles for the Criminal Law Review, Archbold Review, Blackstone’s Quarterly and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. He is also a case commentator for Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime.  He is a member of the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association, in which role he co-convenes the Assize Seminars which are a joint programme of events organised in conjunction with the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and UCL to explore current topics in criminal law.  He is an active member of the legal charity JUSTICE, and is part of a team currently looking into reform of the way in which sexual offences are prosecuted and tried in England and Wales.  His chambers’ profile can be viewed here: http://www.6kbw.com/people/barristers/paul-jarvis

Ms Abigail Bright

Ms Abigail Bright

Barrister

With a strong academic background, Abigail’s practice is diverse. Whilst reading for the Bar, Abigail taught criminal law at UCL as an honorary faculty teaching fellow and worked as an honorary research fellow at UCL and the University of Oxford. In 2010, Abigail was examined by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the Dip.FMS, diploma in forensic medical sciences, at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Abigail brings a public law-oriented strategy to her instructions in criminal and civil cases. She has a significant profile in fraud, financial crime, and extradition. She practises in several areas of chambers’ expertise, including: instructions to prosecute in financial regulatory hearings; instructions to defend in regulatory hearings; statutory and non-statutory public inquiries; jury and trial advocacy, referral appeals; judicial review; injunctions and damages against public authorities. Abigail has a proven practical grasp of the courts’ jealous protection of legal professional privilege. In 2014, Abigail acted for all claimants in three successful judicial reviews of the issue and execution of search warrants: Khajag Kouyoumjian, Sarkis Kouyoumjian v. Hammersmith Magistrates' Court; The Metropolitan Police [2015] A.C.D. 27; R. (AB and CD) v. Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2014] 2 Cr.App.R. 25; R. (on the application of S, F, and L) v. Chief Constable of the British Transport Police; Southwark Crown Court [2014] 1 W.L.R. 1647, reported as a Practice Note. Orders of anonymity were secured in respect of five claimants (AB, CD, S, F, and L) in those judicial reviews. Anonymity was sought because all claimants were solicitors or solicitors’ firms.
In 2017, Abigail represented the interests of a member of the Special Air Service (‘SAS’) in a warrants claim against the Metropolitan Police Service (Kingsley Napley instructing). The Force initially asserted public interest immunity as a bar to the claimant obtaining the information underlying the application made for the warrant that permitted a search of his home. On receiving the claimant’s written submissions, the Force then withdraw that objection. The claim against the Force settled, with costs agreed. In 2012, led by Edward Fitzgerald Q.C., Abigail appeared for the appellant Danilo Restivo (a.k.a. ‘the hair fetishist killer’) before a special constitution of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: the Court acceded to the appellant’s submissions and set aside as wrong in principle Restivo’s whole life order. Five years later, in 2017, Edward Fitzgerald Q.C. and Abigail next secured success for Restivo when defending Restivo in Italian-UK extradition proceedings: the Court acceded to Restivo’s submissions that extradition proceedings in his case should not be opened formally until the year 2050. In 2015, Abigail appeared for one of the claimants before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in (1) Caroline Lucas MP; (2) Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb AM; (3) George Galloway v. (1) Security Service; (2) Secret Intelligence Service; (3) Government Communications Headquarters; (4) Secretary of State for The Home Department; (5) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2015] UKIPTrib 14_79-CH. In 2014, Abigail appeared in three murder trials; she writes the Westlaw digests for homicide offences including entries on murder and infanticide. Abigail has been instructed as counsel to non-statutory and statutory public inquiries. She was instructed as counsel to the statutory inquiry at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’) and as counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry (‘UCPI’). In 2010 and 2011 she was instructed as noting counsel by the Department of Health and Social Care to note the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry. She is regularly interviewed by LexisNexis Corporate Crime on issues of E.U. competition law in response to parliamentary debates and committees reporting on ‘Brexit’.