About us

Background

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.

Sebastian Walker, Freelance Assistant Editor
Sebastian studied law at the University of Nottingham, both as an undergraduate and post-graduate. He is a contributing editor and supplement editor for Archbold Criminal Pleading, Practice and Evidence and was a contributing author to the fourth edition of Miller on Contempt of Court.  He has also authored articles for a number of academic journals, including the Criminal Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, and Archbold Review. From 2016 to 2018 Sebastian worked as a legal researcher for the Law Commission's Sentencing Code. He joined Criminal Law Week in 2018.

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.

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.

Adrian Lower has been a District Judge (Magistrates' Court) since 2012. He also undertakes Prison Adjudication. Before his appointment, he sat as a Deputy District Judge in the County Court and had over 20 years of experience prosecuting in the magistrates and crown courts, culminating in working in the Director of Public Prosecutions Private Office and the Appeals Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Roderick Munday is Reader Emeritus in Law at the University of Cambridge, Fellow Emeritus of Peterhouse, Cambridge, a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, and a former Visiting Professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. He has written on a wide range of subjects, but his interests lie predominantly in the fields of the Law of Evidence, Procedure, and Commercial Law. His textbook, Evidence, is in its ninth edition, he is the current editor of Cross & Tapper on Evidence — of which a thirteenth edition is due to appear in autumn 2018, and his book Agency: Law and Principles is in its third edition. 

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).

Nicola Padfield, Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice; Director, Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice; Master, Fitzwilliam College.

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 was appointed as a Recorder (Crime) in April 2018. 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) and a previous contributing editor of Blackstone's Criminal Practice (OUP).

Natalie Wortley practised at the criminal Bar for over ten years and is now Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on vulnerability and criminal evidence, and she has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, case notes and book chapters in these areas. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels and a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Courts).

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.

Practical Law Business Crime and Investigations is a professional support service from Thomson Reuters providing practical guidance for practitioners in private practice, in-house and government. The material is written by a team of senior lawyers who formerly practiced at the bar, or practiced as solicitors in private practice and the SFO. The team is responsible for drafting and maintaining  the wide range of  practice notes, checklists and legal updates on criminal investigation, procedure, evidence and offences relevant to business crime and also publish and maintain material on  specific prosecution authorities and professional regulators.

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