The Halsbury Legal Awards 2015 :: 2015 Judges
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Ruth Daniel was appointed the first Chief Executive of the Access to Justice Foundation in January 2012, working closely with the advice and pro bono sectors to help fund organisations which provide access to legal representation for those who need it but cannot afford it. 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 before setting 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.  

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. He is the consultant editor for extradition for Halsbury’s Laws of England and is a member of the Advisory Board. 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 is co-author with Gregory Treverton-Jones QC of the Solicitor’s Handbook, now in its sixth 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 and chair of the Regulatory Processes Committee.

Alistair MacDonald QC is Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales for 2015. Alistair was called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2000. Practising from Leeds, he is co-Head of Chambers at New Park Chambers. After being Director of Continuing Education on the North-Eastern Circuit, he became Circuit Leader in 2012. He has sat as a Recorder in crime and civil since 1995 and been a Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn since 2007. He specialises in murder and serious drugs offences including industrial scale importations and he has particular interest in criminal offences involving complex medical or scientific issues. His past work has also included personal injury and administrative law.


Bruce Macmillan, General Counsel, Legal Practice Technologies, 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.

Jan Miller is editor of the flagship weekly legal magazine, New Law Journal (NLJ), published by LexisNexis, and is chairing the judging panel again this year. 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. Before joining LN and the world of legal publishing Jan 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 Max Hill QC at 18 Red Lion Chambers 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 14th eds OUP); Smith and Hogan Criminal Law Cases and Materials (9th, 10th 11th eds OUP); Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (2008) OUP with Clare Montgomery QC; Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (2008-2015) with Hooper LJ; and Smith’s Law of Theft (9th edn. 2007) OUP with David Williams QC. 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 four universities and is an honorary bencher of Gray's Inn. 

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is the managing director of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates Ltd, a virtual law firm with a national reach, specialising in legal aid (still!) and private client work. Lucy has had a long connection with the Law Society, being elected to the Council in 2002, serving as President for 2012-13 and now chairing its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She sits as a Mental Health Tribunal judge and is a Commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Commission, and  an associate with Verita, which carries out investigations on behalf of public bodies.  She is co-chair of the International Bar Association's Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and a trustee of LawWorks and of the Howard League for Penal Reform.


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