Criminal Law Week was established as a weekly, printed publication in 1997 by James Richardson Q.C. From his own experience as a criminal barrister at 23 Essex Street, he realised how difficult it was to keep up-to-date and to find relevant information again in the future. 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 today's 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.
Today, as a highly-respected legal journal, Criminal Law Week is regularly 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.
ABOUT THE CRIMINAL LAW WEEK TEAM
James Richardson Q.C., Editor
James was called to the Bar in 1975. He practised criminal law from the chambers of John Leonard Q.C. (subsequently Michael Worsley Q.C.) at 6 King’s Bench Walk for 15 years to 1990. He then continued in criminal practice at the chambers of Michael Hill Q.C. at 23 Essex Street until 1996 (where he remains as a door tenant). Apart from founding and editing Criminal Law Week, he has been the editor of the leading criminal practitioners’ work, Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice since 1982, having previously worked on that title as an assistant editor. From 1993 to 2006 he was a member of the editorial board of the Criminal Law Review. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel honoris causa in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to criminal law and practice through his editorship of Archbold and Criminal Law Week.
Deborah Colbran Espada, Senior Assistant Editor
Deborah qualified as a solicitor in 2004, after her training contract at the city law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She joined Criminal Law Week as an assistant editor in July 2005, and has since been involved in various aspects of the business, including developing and launching the Statutes Service in 2006 and re-developing and launching the new website in 2011.