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Criminal Law Reform Now Symposium on Private Prosecutions


UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens WC1H 0EG, 19th April 2018, 10 am - 4.30 


Welcome to our one day symposium on this topical subject. We will examine six points on which private prosecutions might be thought to be challenging in legal terms or in which there seems to be room for further developments. Speakers will talk for between fifteen to thirty minutes, in all cases allowing time for round table discussion afterwards.


Each of the six sessions will be overseen by a Chair, in most cases a member of the CLRN committee (Professor Liz Campbell, Dr John Child, Mr Simon Mckay and Dr Jonathan Rogers). 


We are especially grateful to our speakers for their generosity in facilitating this event.




9.30 – 10 am   Light refreshments for early bird attendees


10 am Introduction to CLRN and aims of the symposium

John Child, Senior Lecturer at Sussex University and co-Director of CLRN


Session 1 (10.10 am): The 2009 Policy of the CPS to apply the standard Code tests when considering whether to take over a private prosecution  

Speaker: Jonathan Rogers, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at UCL and co-Director of CLRN


Session 2 (11 am): Charities as Private Prosecutors

Speaker: Stephen Wooler, formerly  HM Chief Inspector of the CPS and Independent Reviewer of RSPCA prosecutions (2014) 


11 45  Five minute break


Session 3 (11.50 am): Voluntary Code for Crown Prosecutors

Speaker: Hannah Laming, Peters and Peters, Chair of the Private Prosecutors Association


1 pm Lunch (buffet lunch, served on the premises)


Session 4 (1.40 pm):  Private Prosecutions as a Commercial Remedy

Speakers: Paul Jarvis, 6KBW Chambers and Matt Dyson, Associate Professor at Oxford University


Session 5 (2.35pm) Applying for Confiscation orders

Speaker: Kennedy Talbot QC, 33 Chancery Lane Chambers


3.25 Tea break


Session 6 (3.30 pm) Co-operation with the police in investigations 

Speakers: Rupert Bowers QC and Abigail Bright, both Doughty Street Chambers


4.15  Other contributions from those in attendance


4.30   End