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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. Anand deals with extradition and mutual assistance matters. He has dealt with many high profile and politically sensitive investigations and has particular experience in dealing with matters in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe. He has advised a serving Prime Minister, a former Deputy Prime Minister, a Deputy Foreign Minister and three G20 Governments.
 Anand is the author of the chapter on extradition in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and co-author of a chapter on Money Laundering in the Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure. Anand is also a co-author of the Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance and consultant editor for extradition for Halsbury’s Laws of England.
He is a trustee of Fair Trials International and a member of the council of JUSTICE and was appointed by the Home Secretary to a panel which reviewed the UK’s extradition arrangements.
 
     
  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, principally of solicitors but also of other professionals, 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”. He is co-author with Gregory Treverton-Jones QC of the Solicitor’s Handbook, now in its fifth edition, as well as a practical guide to Outcomes Focused Regulation (as adopted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) published by the Law Society.
Andrew is joint general editor of Cordery on Legal Services, was an editor of the last edition of the Law Society’s Guide to Professional Conduct, is a consultant editor to Halsbury’s Laws of England, and a contributor to Butterworths Guide to the Legal Services Act 2007. 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.
 
     
  Nicholas Lavender QC is Chairman of the Bar Council for 2014. Nicholas practises commercial law from Serle Court. Called to the Bar in 1989 and taking silk in 2008, he has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes, in particular in banking cases. He has appeared in courts in England and the Caribbean, in the European Court of Human Rights and before arbitral tribunals in England, France, Sweden and Finland.
Nicholas is a Deputy High Court Judge, a recorder, a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR-accredited mediator and an advocacy trainer who has taught advocacy and advocacy training in England, South Africa and Bermuda. Nicholas has been involved with the Bar Council since 1990 and has been a member since 1994.
He has served on many Bar Council committees and working parties and as Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee (in 1996) and as Chairman of the Bar Council’s Professional Practice Committee (in 2009 to 2012).
 
     
  Bruce Macmillan is a former Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA Europe. Before 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.
 
     
  Maura McGowan QC  was called to the Bar in 1980 by Middle Temple. She took Silk in 2001 and became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. She is immediate past chairman of the Bar Council, and 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.  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. She has also been called to the Irish Bar and to the Bar in Northern Ireland and the Cayman Islands.
 
     
  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.
 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 and is chairing the judging panel this year. Before joining LN and the world of legal publishing she was a freelance journalist, news writer and press officer.
 
     
  David Ormerod QC 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.
 
     
  Joshua Rozenberg is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. He was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years before moving in 2000 to The Daily Telegraph, where he edited the paper's legal coverage until the end of 2008. In May 2010, Joshua started writing a weekly commentary for the Guardian's online law page. He also writes a column twice a month for the Law Society Gazette. A decade after he left the BBC, Joshua returned in 2010 to present the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action. Also in 2010, he also accepted an invitation to chair Halsbury's Law Exchange, an independent and politically neutral think-tank.
After taking a law degree at Oxford Joshua trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1976. He holds honorary doctorates in law from the University of Hertfordshire (1999) and Nottingham Trent University (2012) and is accredited as a mediator by the ADR group, though he does not practise.
Joshua is an honorary bencher of Gray's Inn. Joshua has a particular interest in constitutional reform, dating back to his time as producer of The Week in Westminster on Radio 4. Freedom of expression is another of his interests, and he wrote the well-reviewed book Privacy and the Press for Oxford University Press.
 

 

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