Criminal Law Week was established as a weekly, printed publication in 1997 by James Richardson QC to provide comprehensive coverage of developments in criminal law. He was editor until December 2017.
Building on a strong print following, Criminal Law Week Online launched in 1998.
In 2006, Criminal Law Week’s Statutes Service was added to the online service, providing subscribers with fully up-to-date and annotated text of the most relevant criminal legislation.
In 2008, Criminal Law Week won the prestigious BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) Legal Journals Award, which aims to reward the publishing profession for quality products and outstanding contributions in the field of legal serial titles.
Sweet & Maxwell (part of Thomson Reuters) acquired Criminal Law Week in 2008 adding to its already well established and successful crime portfolio.
In 2017 we incorporated the CPD Course for Barristers and the Continuing Competence Course (CCC) for Solicitors into the core Criminal Law Week service.
As a highly-respected legal journal, Criminal Law Week has been cited in court at all levels, and is widely used by barristers and solicitors, the judiciary, the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, academic institutions and others within the criminal justice system.
THE CRIMINAL LAW WEEK EDITORIAL TEAM
Deborah Colbran Espada, Principal Editor
Deborah, who studied law at Cambridge, qualified as a solicitor in 2004, after her training contract at city law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She joined Criminal Law Week as an assistant editor in July 2005, and has since been involved in all aspects of the publication. Deborah developed and launched the Statutes Service in 2006 and the new website in 2011. Since 2008 she has managed the publication of Criminal Law Week every week, in addition to writing digests for the publication, editing and managing the Statutes Service, and managing the website, the CPD courses and the Criminal Law Week team. Deborah became the principal editor in 2018.
Lucinda Hecquer, Managing Editor
Lucinda, a New York qualified attorney, studied law at University College Cork, and then completed an LL.M in International Criminal Law at Columbia Law School and the University of Amsterdam. She joined Criminal Law Week in 2014 as a senior editor. In addition to writing digests, Lucinda has been involved in various other aspects of the publication. She became the managing editor in 2018.
Aaron Turpin, Freelance Assistant Editor
Aaron studied law at the London School of Economics, both as an undergraduate and post-graduate, before being called to the Bar in 2001. He was a law reporter on the All England Law Reports for a number of years, before working as technical editor on the Industrial Relations Law Reports. He was managing editor of Simon's Tax Cases from 2008 to 2015. Since 2016 he has been a freelance writer and editor, writing for a number of publications. He joined Criminal Law Week in 2017.
CRIMINAL LAW WEEK COMMENTARY BOARD
For 2018 a new board of experts from across the profession has been established for Criminal Law Week. Their role is to provide insight through comments to the digests which are authored by the Criminal Law Week editorial team. Comments will also be provided by the Criminal Law Week editorial team.
Peter FitzGerald is a barrister at Peters & Peters, specialising in financial crime. He previously practised at the independent Bar, has worked as a prosecutor both at the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and at the Crown Prosecution Service’s Proceeds of Crime Unit, and has particular experience in cases involving serious fraud and corruption. He has acted for both corporates and individuals in some of the most high-profile financial crime cases of recent years, and also has significant expertise in criminal cases with an international dimension. Peter was a full-time Assistant Editor of Criminal Law Week in 2007 and 2008.
Edward Grange is a partner at Corker Binning. He is recognised as a leader in the field of extradition law and has extensive experience in defending requested persons in extradition proceedings. Edward is ranked as a Band 1 individual by Chambers UK 2017 in the field of Crime: Extradition. Edward's expertise in extradition law was recognised by the House of Lords Extradition Law Committee in October 2014 when he was called upon to give oral evidence to the Committee. Edward's evidence featured prominently in the Committee's report published in March 2015.
Edward is the co-author with Rebecca Niblock of Extradition Law: A Practitioner's Guide (LAG: 2015, 2nd ed), which is published by Legal Action Group. He is the Chair of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum. In addition to his extradition work, Edward advises on a variety of criminal litigation matters, particularly in the business crime arena.
Donal Lawler was called to the Bar in 2008 after a successful career in business and IT consulting. He is a criminal barrister at 187 Fleet Street and has a wide-ranging criminal defence practice including fraud, money laundering and confiscation proceedings, serious violence offences, drugs, robbery and extradition matters.
Rebecca Niblock is a partner at Kingsley Napley. She has significant experience in both domestic criminal litigation and extradition, having acted for defendants in a wide range of criminal matters from serious fraud, money laundering and corruption, to sexual offences and offences involving violence or drugs. She advises on a wide range of white collar crime matters including SFO and FCA investigations. She also has extensive experience of representing individuals at police station interviews.
Rebecca specialises in cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. She has successfully defended a large number of persons requested by other states, both inside and outside the EU in extradition proceedings at all levels from the magistrates' court to the Supreme Court. She has experience in advising in sanctions cases, and in providing advice to those subject to Interpol red notices and mutual legal assistance requests. She is the co-author with Edward Grange of Extradition Law: A Practitioner's Guide (LAG: 2015, 2nd ed).
Dr Hannah Quirk is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Manchester. She has previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre and as a Case Review Manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, investigating claims of wrongful conviction and sentence. She is author of The Rise and Fall of the Right of Silence (Routledge, 2016).
Dr Quirk has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne, Queen's University Belfast (both 2009) and Fordham University Law School (2012) and is a member of the Criminal Law Review Editorial Board. She is currently a director of South Manchester Credit Union and sits on the Executive Board of Justice and the Advisory Board of the University of Manchester's Legal Advice Centre as well as being an executive member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. You can follow Dr Quirk on Twitter @HannahQuirk1.
Nathan Rasiah is a barrister practicing in criminal law from chambers at 23 Essex Street. He prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law. He has also taught criminal law and criminal procedure and evidence at the University of Cambridge.
Maya Sikand has been in practice at the Bar since 1997. She is a civil liberties and human rights barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in public law as well as private law damages claims against public bodies, having first spent over a decade defending in crime. She maintains an appellate only criminal practice which focusses primarily on trafficked victims and the sentencing of women and children and young people. She is a contributing editor of Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence & Practice (Sweet & Maxwell); a previous contributing editor of Blackstone's Criminal Practice (OUP); general editor of the Blackstone's Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (OUP, 2009) and author of ASBOs: a practitioner's guide to defending anti-social behaviour orders (LAG, 2006). She has also written a chapter in the forthcoming publication Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice (Bloomsbury Professional).
Joe Stone QC (Call - 1989, QC - 2013) is a criminal defence specialist. His area of expertise is defending in high profile complex homicide allegations. He is also a member of the Foreign Office Legal Panel as well as a defence practitioner at the International Criminal Court. He regularly publishes articles in Archbold Review on areas of topical interest to the profession. He practices from Doughty Street Chambers.
David Wurtzel practised at the Bar for 27 years before joining City, University of London in 2003. There he helped to devise and deliver all the training for registered intermediaries on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and in Northern Ireland. He has contributed to Criminal Law Review, and is a co-author of Vulnerable People and the Criminal Justice System (OUP) and of the 2015 Registered Intermediary Procedural Guidance Manual. He also lectures to the Bar and the judiciary. For six years he was consultant editor of Counsel, the magazine of the Bar. He is now Fellow Emeritus of City, University of London, a Bencher of Middle Temple and a Door Tenant of Red Lion Chambers.