Birmingham Law School – Director
John Child is a Professor of 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.
Sandra Paul is a partner in the Criminal Litigation & Investigations team at the law firm Kingsley Napley. She leads the Serious & General Crime offering and the cross firm Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace offering. Sandra’s practice spans the full range of criminal ligation, but the majority of her current work concerns defending allegations of sexual misconduct. She has a particular interest is advising and representing children and young adults. Sandra is top ranked in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Spears as a star individual practitioner.
She became an accredited police station adviser in 2001. Together with Professor Ed Cape and Matthew Hardcastle, Sandra co-authors the bi-annual Police Station Update for Legal Action Group and ‘Defending Suspects at Police stations’, the police station handbook.
She is a member of the Youth Justice Legal Centre Advisory Board. Sandra chaired JUSTICE’s working party: Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System. The report, launched in February 2021, makes recommendations to tackle the overrepresentation of BAME children in the youth justice system. She is a founding member of Women in Criminal Law.
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
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.
University of Birmingham
Dr Laura Noszlopy is a CLRNN Committee Member and Network Facilitator, based at the University of Birmingham. 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 a research fellow in University of Birmingham's School of Social Policy.
Laura is the contact person for enquiries about the work of CLRNN: L.Noszlopy@bham.ac.uk.