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Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.

He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).

He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Irwin (Chairman)

Sir Stephen Irwin was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1976 and he was a founder member of Doughty Street Chambers. He took silk in 1997, was Chairman of the Bar in 2004, became a High Court judge in 2006 and sat in the Court of Appeal from 2016 to 2020. He served as Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit and Chairman of SIAC. He was the supervising Lord Justice for extradition cases, and cases involving national security. He served as Treasurer of Gray’s Inn for 2020. In November 2020 he was appointed by resolution of the House of Commons to chair a new panel hearing serious disciplinary cases and appeals involving Members of Parliament.

 

Lady Rose of Colmworth (President)

Dame Vivien Rose, Lady Rose became a Justice of the Supreme Court on 19 April 2021. She was called to the Bar in 1984 and was in private practice for ten years specialising in domestic and EU competition law. In 1995 she joined the Government Legal Service serving as a legal adviser on financial services at HM Treasury until 2001. In 2002 she was appointed to the Senior Civil Service and moved to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Operational and International Humanitarian Law. From 2005 to 2008 she advised in the Office of Counsel to the Speaker of the House of Commons. In 2006 she was appointed to her first judicial role as a fee-paid Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She became a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division in 2013 and was President of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) between 2015 and 2018. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in January 2019.

Mr Stephen J Lewis (Hon Sec and Treasurer)

Stephen Lewis is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. At Clifford Chance, he specialises in forensic accounting and regulatory investigations across a number of industries and has given evidence to courts and tribunals in a number of jurisdictions.

 

Mr Julian Acratopulo

Julian Acratopulo is a partner in Clifford Chance’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in London where he advises on a broad range of contentious, regulatory and reputation management issues often on a cross border basis. As part of its pro bono activities, Clifford Chance is committed to promoting access to justice internationally, including through its support of the Slynn Foundation.

The Hon Sir Nicholas Blake

Sir Nicholas Blake is a retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales.  He was made a QC in 1994 and was a founding member of Matrix Chambers. He was appointed as a special advocate and as a Deputy High Court judge in 2002 and judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2007. From 2010 to 2013 he was President of Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and from 2014 to May 2017 he represented the judiciary of England and Wales on the International Association of Judges and its regional affiliate the European Association of Judges.

Ms Merethe Borge MacLeod 

Merethe brings decades of experience implementing rule of law, human rights and legal reform programmes for the UN, INGOs and bilateral organisations. Merethe is currently the Executive Director of the Great Britain China Centre, a non-departmental public body of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office established in 1974 to support UK-China relations. She spent ten years in Beijing, working for the UNDP and also as the China Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. In addition to her work in China, Merethe has worked for the UNDP in Sudan and also for non-profits in China and in the UK.

Mr Ian Cameron Cliff CMG, OBE

Ian Cliff is a recently retired British diplomat. He served as British Ambassador in five posts: to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001 – 2005), to the Sudan (2005 – 2007), to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Vienna (2007 – 2011), to Kosovo (2011 – 2015), and to Croatia (2015 – 2016). Throughout his career he has been involved in programmes to support the Rule of Law.

Mr Roger Coventry CMG

Roger has lived and worked as a Justice Development and Rule of Law Adviser in Afghanistan (two years to August 2021), Pakistan (two and a half years) and Ghana (four years). He is currently working with the Judiciary in Lebanon.


In Afghanistan he assisted in setting up the liaison between UK women judges and Afghan women judges. He was closely involved in support for the
evacuation of judges, prosecutors and others in and following August 2021.
He is a co-founder and trustee of the UK registered charity LAW–G (the Legal
Afghan Working Group). He continues to support Afghan judges and lawyers in the UK and those who are still in Afghanistan or third countries.


Roger has sat as a Judge of the higher courts in three Commonwealth
jurisdictions in the Pacific for a total of eight years. He undertook Pacific wide
consultancies for the Pacific Islands Forum.


He worked with the Crown Prosecution Service for a for a total of fourteen years, in particular prosecuting cases of serious organised crime and child abuse.  Roger first practised at the Bar in London for ten years.

 

The Rt Hon Dame Nicola Davies

Dame Nicola Davies is a judge of the Court of Appeal having previously served as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. Dame Nicola was called to the Bar in 1976 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Her chambers were Serjeants Inn Chambers and she practised in the field of medical law. Dame Nicola is the first woman from Wales to hold the appointments of QC, High Court Judge, Presiding Judge of the Circuit in Wales and Lady Justice of Appeal.

Ms Claire Lindley

Claire Lindley was called to the Bar in 1987 and became a Bencher of Grays Inn in 2014. Until April 2022, she was a senior civil servant and worked in the Crown Prosecution Service for over 35 years. Claire has been the Chief Crown Prosecutor of a number of CPS Areas leading large legal teams and overseeing high profile prosecutions. Claire was the lead figure in a BBC documentary series “The Prosecutors,” which was shortlisted for a BAFTA Award in 2014. She has now retired from the CPS and is conducting regulatory work. She is a member of the Independent Decision Making Panel of the Bar Standards Board and has become a Legally Qualified Chair of the Medical Practitioner Tribunal service. 

 

The Hon Dame Maura McGowan

Dame Maura McGowan was appointed a High Court Judge in 2014 and sits in the Queen’s Bench Division and was a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit 2016 until 2019. As a junior, she specialised in criminal work at 2 Bedford Row in London and Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester and practised predominantly on the South Eastern Circuit. She took Silk in 2001 and was Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013. She is an Advanced International Advocacy Trainer and has taught and lectured in many jurisdictions; she is involved in international judicial training in Uganda, Mexico and (with AdvocAid) in Sierra Leone.

 

Sir Howard Morrison KCMG, CBE, KC

Sir Howard Morrison was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1977.  He practised criminal, civil and family law until 1986, dividing his criminal law practice between prosecuting and defending, when he took up a post as Resident Magistrate and subsequently Chief Magistrate of Fiji 1986-1988 and then Attorney General for Anguilla 1988-9 to get anti-drug legislation through the island Parliament, he was also called to the Bars of Fiji and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He also served as a TAVR infantry officer.

He served in Iraq in 2005-6 training newly independent Iraqi judges. He was selected as a Senior Judge of the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus in 2008 and a Judge of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2009 in both trial and appellate roles.

He was appointed in turn, OBE, CBE and KCMG by HM Queen Elizabeth and is a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre of Cambridge University, Hon Professor of Law at Leicester University and Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and has been a visiting lecturer at some 25 universities in the UK, Holland, Italy, Australia, the USA, China and the Middle East.

Professor David Ormerod CBE KC (Hon) DCL(Hon) 

David Ormerod is the Professor Criminal Justice at University College, London. He has been an academic lawyer for over 30 years. He has published widely on all aspects of criminal law, evidence and procedure. From 2010-2019 he was the Criminal Law Commissioner for England and Wales leading on all the criminal law reform projects.

 

In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, he has authored since 2005, and now co-authors, Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law. He was, between 2012 and 2023, the Editor of the Criminal Law Review and before that its cases editor and commentator in which role, since 1996, he has produced hundreds of comments on recent cases and developments.  He has been Editor in Chief of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice since 2008. He has also been the consultant editor for Halsbury’s Laws of England on criminal law, evidence and procedure since 2010. 

 

He is a barrister, a Bencher of Middle Temple, serving as Reader of the Inn in 2022, and has been involved in education there for many years.  He is also a Bencher of the Inns of Court of Northern Ireland where he has frequently provided training.  David has provided numerous lectures and seminars for the legal profession and was, for 17 years, a member of the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association. He was made a life member of the CBA in recognition of his service. 

 

David has been involved in delivering training for the Judicial College on criminal courses for almost 20 years. He has lectured on many topics to judges ranging from new Recorders to the those sitting in the Court of Appeal.  In 2016 he was one of a team of four responsible for drafting the Judicial College – Crown Court Compendium and he continues to act as an editor in relation to ongoing updates. This is a manual used daily in every Crown Court in England and Wales.

 

In 2013 he was appointed QC (Honoris Causa).  In 2018 he was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in the King’s Bench Division. In 2021 he was appointed a CBE in the New Years’ Honours in recognition of his service to the criminal justice system. In 2022 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law by Northumbria University in recognition of his academic work.

The Rt Hon James Wolffe KC

James Wolffe is an advocate (Scotland) and barrister (England & Wales). He was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, the elected leader of the Scottish bar 2014-16. As Lord Advocate from 2016 until 2021, James was the senior Scottish Law Officer and head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigation of deaths in Scotland. He has represented the profession internationally as Head of the UK Delegation to the Council of European Bars and Law Societies 2013-15 and Joint Chair of the International Council of Advocates and Barristers 2014-16. He is a Bencher of Middle Temple and has been appointed a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Guernsey and Jersey.

 

Mr Ben Yallop JP

Ben has worked within the justice system since 2003. During a career dedicated to public service Ben has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading justice sector advisers, with particular expertise in judicial leadership, court administration and international relations. He has provided extensive advice to judiciaries and Chief Justices across the world. As Head of International for the judiciary, Ben was the lead official during the creation of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts and also supported very many outgoing and incoming high-level visits, engaging directly with over 130 jurisdictions worldwide. Ben was subsequently the longest-serving Principal Private Secretary to the Lord and then Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales. He is now Assistant Director at the UK Supreme Court, and a Magistrate sitting in crime.

Honorary Members 

In 2023, Trustees retiring from the Slynn Board were invited to become Honorary Members of the Foundation.  Slynn would like to thank them for their long service and is grateful for their continued contribution to the Foundation through their advice and experience. 

 

The new honorary members are (in alphabetical order): 

Sir Stanley Burnton 

Sir James Dingemans 

Sir Peter Gross

Sir David Latham 

Amanda Pinto KC

Fergus Randolph KC

Sir Geoffrey Vos 

Mr Peter Williamson 

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