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  Ruth Daniel has a background in law and finance. After completing a degree in Law at University College London, Ruth began her career at investment bank Goldman Sachs. She then qualified as a solicitor, working with private clients at Charles Russell. Subsequently Ruth worked as in-house lawyer at British Telecommunications plc and at Macquarie Global Property Advisors, the private equity real estate advisory company. She then set up her own consultancy offering advice to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and start-up companies on finance, strategy, business development and legal issues. Ruth was appointed the first Chief Executive of the Access to Justice Foundation in January 2012. She works closely with the advice and pro bono sectors to help provide access to legal representation for those who need it but cannot afford it.
     
  Anand Doobay is a consultant in the Business Crime department of Peters & Peters dealing with criminal proceedings. He has particular expertise in dealing with extradition and mutual assistance matters, successfully acting for governments, individuals and corporate clients in high profile and politically sensitive cases. In 2010 Anand was appointed by the Home Secretary to a panel which reviewed the UK's extradition arrangements, and reported in October 2011. He is the co-author of Jones and Doobay on Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance; Consultant Editor for Extradition in Halsbury’s Laws of England; and author of the chapter on extradition in Blackstone's Criminal Practice, and a chapter on money laundering in the Fraud Looseleaf published by Oxford University Press. Anand is a member of the Law Society's EU Criminal Law Working Group and the Legal Experts Advisory Panel of Fair Trials International. He is a trustee of Fair Trials International and a member of the council of JUSTICE.
     
  Dame Hazel Genn DBE, QC (Hon). Dame Hazel Genn is Dean of Laws and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute in the Faculty of Laws at University College London, where she is also an Honorary Fellow.  She previously held a Chair and was Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.  From April 2006 to January 2012 she was a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7.  She has worked with the Judicial Studies Board for over 15 years.  She is a leading authority on civil justice and dispute resolution and has published widely in the field.  In 2008 she delivered the Hamlyn Lectures on the subject of civil justice (published by Cambridge University Press in November 2009 entitled Judging Civil Justice).  Dame Hazel’s research has focused on the experiences of citizens and businesses caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to those needs.  Her original studies have had a major influence on policy-makers around the world and she is regularly invited to lecture and provide advice abroad.  In recognition of her work on civil justice, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000 and appointed DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006.  In 2006 she was also appointed Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 was elected an Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.
     
  Andrew Hopper QC is a solicitor Silk, still a relatively rare species; he was the fifth solicitor advocate to be appointed Silk and the first outside the City of London. He has specialised in the field of professional regulation and discipline for over 30 years. Having prosecuted cases for the Law Society for two decades he now concentrates exclusively on defence work. He has been described in Chambers as “the oracle of all things relating to solicitors’ disciplinary proceedings”. Among a wealth of writing and editing work, he is co-author of the Solicitor’s Handbook 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, as well as a practical guide to Outcomes Focused Regulation published by the Law Society; joint general editor of Cordery on Legal Services; Consultant Editor to Halsbury’s Laws of England; and the cases editor of the Legal Compliance Bulletin. He is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Board of the Law Society; chair of the Regulatory Processes Committee and a member of the Legal Ombudsman’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel.
     
  Bruce Macmillan is Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA Europe. Prior to joining VISA Europe Bruce was General Counsel to the Legal Services Board (LSB), the oversight regulator for the English and Welsh legal profession. Bruce moved to the LSB from Dell Computers where he was EMEA Senior Counsel for the Consumer, Retail and Business Distribution divisions. Prior to Dell, he was UK Head of Legal for telecoms groups Tele2, and Alpha Telecom and was in house counsel at ONdigital/ITV Digital and Cable & Wireless. Bruce started his legal career at Gouldens (now Jones Day) and also worked for SJ Berwin before moving in house. He has been an active member of legal trade associations including the Commerce & Industry Group (where he was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee) and the Cisco IT lawyers forum.
     
  Paul Matthews was educated at the Universities of London (UCL) and Oxford (St Edmund Hall), and holds the degrees of LLB, BCL and LLD. He is an English solicitor-advocate, a consultant to the international law firm Withers LLP, a professor at King's College London (where he teaches trust and property law to undergraduate and postgraduate students), a deputy master of the Chancery Division of the High Court, a specialist civil Recorder, and HM Coroner for the City of London.  He is deputy chairman of the Trust Law Committee, and was a member of the group of experts which advised the European Commission on its projects on wills and successions and on matrimonial property. Paul has practised in the fields of trust law and civil litigation for more than thirty years.  He has lectured on trust, property and inheritance law all over the world, and is currently a visiting professor at the Institute of Law in Jersey, and a Referent at the University of Liechtenstein. He is the author or editor of textbooks and monographs on various subjects, including trust and property law, civil litigation and the law of coroners, and is also the author of many articles published in learned journals and edited books.
     
  Maura McGowan QC is Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales. Called to the Bar in 1980 by Middle Temple – and to the Irish Bar - Maura took Silk in 2001 and became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. She practises from 2, Bedford Row in London and Lincoln House in Manchester. Maura practises in corporate, tax, VAT, charity and mortgage fraud and also undertakes public inquiry work. She represented the main police officer in the Victoria Climbié inquiry and at the police disciplinary hearing. Maura has extensive experience as a defence advocate in all areas of crime, most notably in gang related murder, drugs, violent and sexual assault and child abuse. She has been a member of the Bar Council for many years and served on the Law Reform Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Professional Practice Committee. She is very interested in the continuing development of the “rule of law”. Maura also served as Director of Education and Training of the South-Eastern Circuit and has sat on the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association. Described by Chambers UK as an advocate who “fights everything that needs to be fought”, Maura continues to be a leading figure in criminal defence and is only the second female Chairman in the history of the Bar Council.
     
  Jan Miller, as editor of the flagship weekly legal magazine, New Law Journal (NLJ), published by LexisNexis, is at the forefront of legal comment and debate. Working alongside NLJ’s award-winning team of columnists and heavyweight legal contributors, she is plugged into the centre of the legal universe, making sure practitioners stay up-to-date with important developments in civil law across case law, legislation, court procedure and practice. She has run a series of ground breaking NLJ newscasts and key events focusing on the major challenges and opportunities facing today’s practitioners in the post Legal Services Act era. Since joining LexisNexis in 2003 as an online news editor and journalist, Jan has edited a number of prestigious titles, including Counsel magazine (the monthly Journal of the Bar of England and Wales), the LN Charities Appeal Supplement and Butterworths Civil Costs Newsletter. She regularly represents LexisNexis at conferences and major legal events. Before joining LN and the world of legal publishing she was a freelance journalist, news writer and press officer for Penguin and Visit Britain and worked in corporate communications for various multinational companies including Unilever, Prudential and Marconi.
     
  David Ormerod QC (honaris causa) is the Professor of Criminal Justice at Queen Mary, University of London.  He is a Barrister in the Chambers of David Etherington QC at 18 Red Lion Court and a Bencher of Middle Temple. Since 2010 he has been Law Commissioner for England & Wales responsible for Criminal Law and Evidence. David is General Editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and The Criminal Law Review. He was the consultant editor in 2010 for Halsbury’s Laws of England on Criminal Evidence and Procedure. His research ranges across all aspects of criminal law, evidence and procedure and includes prestigious publications: Smith and Hogan Criminal Law (11, 12, 13th eds OUP); Smith and Hogan Criminal Law Cases and Materials (9th, 10th eds OUP); Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (2008) OUP with Clare Montgomery QC; Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (2008-2013) with Hooper LJ; and Smith’s Law of Theft (9th edn. 2007) OUP with David Williams QC. His published journal articles and book chapters range across topics as diverse as voice identification, tax evasion, fraud, hearsay, and appeals. David writes and lectures regularly for the Judicial College in England and Wales and for the legal profession. In 2010 he assisted Pitchford LJ in drafting the Crown Court Bench Book. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Council, the Advocacy Training Council and the Education Committee of the Criminal Bar Association. In 2013, David was appointed to the role of honorary Queen's Counsel
     
  Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is President of the Law Society for 2012-13. A mental health and human rights lawyer, Lucy is the managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP, a virtual law firm with a national reach, specialising in representing detained patients, life sentence prisoners and vulnerable children and young people. Lucy has had a long connection with the Law Society, being a member of the Mental Health and Disability Committee since 1986, and being elected to the Council in 2002, after which she became a member of the Society's Regulatory Affairs Board, Access to Justice Committee and Education and Training committee. Lucy sits as a Mental Health Tribunal judge and provides training for those applying for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel. In 2005 she won the Mental Health Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award.  She is acknowledged as a leader in her field in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and many of her cases, including those before the ECtHR have been reported over the years.  One of her clients was the first person to obtain a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. Lucy was a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel, a Commissioner with Postcomm from 2008 to 2011, and is an associate with Verita, which carries out investigations on behalf of public bodies.  She is also director of two management and training companies. In 2011 she won the Association of Women Solicitors' award for best manager of a legal aid practice.
     
  Simon Hetherington is chair of the judging panel for the Halsbury Legal Awards. Simon graduated in Law in 1985 from the University of Southampton, and soon afterwards began his career in legal publishing with Butterworth & Co (now LexisNexis) as a sub-editor. He held a variety of editorial roles on several titles, and in 2000 became Publisher of Halsbury’s Laws – then, as now, the authoritative encyclopaedia of English law. During his tenure, Simon has overseen the transformation of Halsbury’s Laws from the paper-based cornerstone of legal research to an online resource at the centre of legal information, and devised the first new edition for 40 years. In 2007 he commissioned and edited a volume of essays tracing some of the most important developments in the law by pre-eminent members of the legal community, to mark the centenary of Halsbury’s Laws. Simon is also Publisher of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Scotland. These complementary roles reflect and allow him to develop his deep interest in the structures and foundations of law, and the relationships between legal and social concepts. Simon writes and blogs on these subjects and topical issues, and is a regular contributor to the independent think-tank, Halsbury’s Law Exchange.
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