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Dr Penny Cooper

Penny was called to the Bar in 1990 and specialised in child abuse cases. In 2002 she moved into academia and became a professor in 2009. She co-founded and chairs The Advocate's Gateway – this free online resource is endorsed by the senior judiciary and contains best practice guides to cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and parties.

Penny devised and researches ‘the ground rules approach’ for witness evidence and frequently advises on witness familiarisation procedures, cross-examination and case management including in challenging and high profile cases where a witness or party is affected by an autism spectrum condition/Aspergers Syndrome.

She is a visiting professor at the University of London and leads great funded research studying witness evidence. She practises law from 39 Essex Chambers London. Penny is a former governor of EWI.


 

Tim Hardy

Tim Hardy has been mediating for over ten years, working with parties to resolve disputes across a broad spectrum of commercial sectors.

He has been recognised as a key individual by Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession for his work in dispute resolution as a litigator.

Tim is head of the Commercial Litigation team at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and has over 30-years’ experience of dispute resolution across a range of issues including corporate transactions, partnership, financial services, funds, banking, insolvency, fraud, insurance, products, construction, property, outsourcing, IT, professional negligence and media law. As well as regularly accepting appointments as mediator, he frequently represents parties in mediation and protracted negotiations.



 

Dr Andrew Harris, Senior Coroner London Inner South

Awaiting full biography.


 

Henrietta Hill QC

Henrietta Hill QC specialises in inquests and public inquiries, claims against the police, related public law cases and discrimination law.


 

Alexander Hutton QC

Alexander’s practice is focused in two fields: clinical negligence, for claimants and defendants, and all aspects of costs law.

In both these fields, Alexander is recommended in the highest band of leading silks in the directories and acts in connection with a range of clinical negligence cases, with special focus on those of the most serious nature and highest value. He has also appeared in many of the leading costs cases over the last 20 years, and was chair of the committee that introduced the now mandatory electronic bill of costs.


 
 

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore

In 1993, Brian Kerr was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted, and in 2004 was appointed Lord Chief Justice and sworn of the Privy Council.

As is tradition for the Lord Chief Justice, he succeeded Lord Carswell as the Northern Irish Lord of Appeal in Ordinary upon the latter's retirement.

On 29 June 2009, he was created Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore, of Tonaghmore in the County of Down, and was introduced to the House of Lords the same day. He was the last person to be appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (and therefore the last to be given a law life peerage under the 1876 Act), and on 1 October 2009 he became one of the inaugural Justices of the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was also the youngest member, at age 61. He was succeeded as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland on 3 July 2009 by Sir Declan Morgan.

Lord Kerr dissented from the controversial judgment of the Supreme Court in R v Gnango, in which the court held that a person could be an accessory to their own murder.

In 2014, Ulster University awarded Lord Kerr an honorary doctorate in law.


 

Michael Napier CBE QC LLD

Michael Napier is recognised as one of the most creative and innovative lawyers of his generation in the private and public sectors. During a long and successful legal career he has been a highly effective champion of the reform and modernisation of the civil justice system.

Mike Napier is a solicitor (non practising) who was voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the 2012 Legal Business awards for his 30 years as senior partner leading Irwin Mitchell ‘from a small Sheffield practice to the national powerhouse it is today’. View Article >

Beyond his reputation as a practitioner in many landmark cases Michael Napier is widely regarded as a progressive thinker and influential architect of major reforms to the civil justice system and fundamental changes in the market for legal services. As an accredited mediator his focus has always been on the delivery of fair and pragmatic solutions to complex problems.

Since his Presidency of the Law Society in 2001 Michael was the Attorney-General’s pro bono envoy between 2001 – 2015. Having completed his term as Chairman of Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd in 2012 he is now a consultant and trusted advisor on civil justice, litigation funding and the business of law. Since September 2012 Michael Napier has been chairman of Harbour Litigation Funding Ltd, then Lead Non-Executive Director and is currently Chairman Emeritus.


 

The Hon. Mrs Justice McGowan

Maura McGowan was appointed a High Court Judge in 2014. She sits in the Queen’s Bench Division and is currently a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit – only the second woman ever to have been a Presider on that Circuit.

She was named Lawyer of the Year by Legal Business in 2014 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers UK in 2016.

Maura was Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013 – only the second woman Chair. She had previously served on the Conduct and Law Reform Committees.

She has been involved with the Inn throughout her career, starting on the MTSA and then on the Hall Committee. She was elected a Bencher in 2005 and was Chair of the Bench Selection Advisory Committee from 2015-18.

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.

Maura is a consulting editor of Archbold, sits on the editorial board of the Criminal Law Review, is a Trustee of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute and a Governor of Goodenough College, London. She will be Treasurer in 2022.


 

Amanda Pinto QC

An expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda has a niche practice in some of the most high-profile cases within the field, in particular, corporate crime, fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension. Amanda is highly-ranked by the directories in both Financial Crime: Corporates and Financial Crime.

Amanda’s expertise is sought by clients from large multi-national organisations and government agencies to small corporates, company officers and individual private clients. Her advisory work covers problems in civil, criminal and regulatory contexts and often involves money market and benchmark instruments, individual and sophisticated investor problems and collective investment schemes.

She is Chair of the Bar Council in 2020 and was Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018. Amanda is regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary worldwide on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering.


 

Glenn Robinson, BPP Law School

Glenn joined BPP in 2000 after teaching at a number of institutions including the Universities of Reading, Buckingham and London. As an associate professor, his major role is as the director of training for the GDL and LLB faculty.

He was instrumental in developing the new QLTS course and in leading BPP into the world of online and distance learning.

Since 2000, he has also been an associate lecturer in law with the Open University.