Birmingham Law School – Director
Dr John Child is a Reader in Criminal Law 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.
John’s research interests centre on criminal law theory and doctrine, where he has published widely.
Cambridge University – Director
Jonathan wrote his doctorate at UCL on the subject of exculpatory defences in criminal law, and then started his academic career at Brunel University (2000) before moving to UCL as a lecturer in 2002. He left UCL, as an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice, in 2018 to take up his present position at Cambridge. During the end of his time at UCL, he directed the Centre of Criminal Law and joined the Editorial Board of the Criminal Law Review. Jonathan 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.
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 staff profile.
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
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  A.C.D. 27; R. (AB and CD) v. Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police  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  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  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’.
Dr Laura Noszlopy is the CLRNN Facilitator, based at the University of Cambridge. With a doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology from the Sainsbury Research Unit at University of East Anglia, Laura has worked for many years on cultural politics, social policy, and environmental issues in Southeast Asia. She has previously worked as a researcher, editor, translator and as a project manager in higher education, publishing and NGOs. Laura is also research fellow on a Covid-19 Rapid Response research project at Birmingham Law School; the project is led by Professor Jean McHale and funded by the ESRC
Laura is the contact person for enquiries about the work of CLRNN: L.Noszlopy@bham.ac.uk.
University of Leicester
Dr Melissa Bone wrote her doctorate at the University of Manchester on the subject of drug control from a human rights perspective. She has published her PhD research as a monograph with Routledge. Melissa is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester; she teaches on the Criminal Law and Law Justice and Society undergraduate modules in the Leicester Law School. Melissa is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Policy Advisory Council for the Conservative Group for Drug Policy Reform. She gives talks to a variety of academic, practitioner and policy-making audiences on drug policy reform and she is the co-investigator for the ESRC funded “Drug Policy Voices” project (ref: ES/R007225/1) www.drugpolicyvoices.co.uk.
Melissa’s research interests centre on drug policy and human rights law. Her current research explores the values and opinions of people who use drugs on policy reform, the legal landscape of cannabis social clubs throughout Europe and medical cannabis laws in the UK.
Stephen Wooler is a qualified barrister and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn whose career combines lengthy experience of handling high profile operational casework with advisory, policy, management and leadership roles. Following practice at the common law Bar, he joined the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1973, quickly rising to become Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in 1982 – the youngest such appointment.
He was seconded to the Law Officers’ Department in 1983 and was instrumental in establishing first the Crown Prosecution Service and then the Serious Fraud Office. In 1987 he became Chief Crown Prosecutor in London before a returning to the Law Officers’ Department as Deputy Legal Secretary where he served until 1999 when he became HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2005. Since retirement from the civil service in 2010, he has undertaken consultancy work in relation to criminal justice, notably an independent review of the RSPCA prosecution functions and a review of the Attorney General’s chambers for the Isle of Man government. He served as an Assistant Boundary Commissioner for England for the 2013 Boundaries Review and as a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Thames Valley (2012 -2019) and a member of the Advisory Board to the Institute of Criminal Law at University College London. He has also held positions in regulatory and charitable organisations.