Biographies

John Anderson

His Honour Judge

John Anderson was appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2009 and is based at Harrow Crown Court.
He was called to the Bar in 1989 after 16 years’ service in the Royal Navy as a pilot and flying instructor in the Fleet Air Arm, flying fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. He served in the Falklands War.

At the Bar, he prosecuted and defended over the whole range of criminal cases. In the last ten years before being appointed to the Circuit Bench he held the appointment of Standing Counsel to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. He was briefed by that body and the SFO to prosecute in domestic and international multi-handed commercial frauds, particularly VAT frauds, duty evasions and large-scale Class A drugs offences. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2000 and as a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit in 2006.

Geraldine Andrews QC

Essex Court Chambers

Geraldine Andrews has a broad based practice in international and commercial law and regularly appears in the Commercial Court, but is equally experienced in cases whose subject-matter is more appropriate for determination in the Chancery Division. Many of her instructions from outside Europe relate to commercial disputes in the Far East and mainland China. She regularly advises law firms in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. She also has extensive experience of disputes arising in Middle Eastern countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. Although shipping, reinsurance, and broader commercial disputes remain at the heart of her practice, she is a recognized specialist in the fields of banking and guarantees, and is co-author of “The Law of Guarantees” (published by Thomson Sweet & Maxwell) which is widely regarded as the leading practitioners’ textbook on the subject. She has also appeared as leading counsel in high profile cases in such other fields as asset-tracing, franchising, and restitution. She is an experienced trial advocate, with a reputation as a formidable cross-examiner, but is equally at home arguing points of law in the High Court and in the appellate courts. In recent years she has argued cases in the House of Lords and Privy Council, and appears regularly in the Court of Appeal. She has appeared at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man, and is a member of the Bar of the Republic of Ireland. She also appears as counsel in arbitrations, both international and domestic, and in mediation. An advocacy trainer at the highest level of accreditation since 1997, she is a former Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee at Gray’s Inn and now represents the Inn on the Advocacy Training Council. She regularly trains on the South-Eastern Circuit’s Advanced Advocacy Course which takes place at Keble College Oxford each summer.

She was also co-chairman of a working party which made extensive revisions to the Bar Complaints Rules in 2004. She regularly sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court) and in the Mercantile and TCC Courts in Birmingham and as a Recorder on the Midland Circuit. She also sits as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, SIAC and ad hoc domestic and international arbitrations, in England and abroad, usually as sole arbitrator but occasionally as a member of a tribunal of three. In the Legal Business Arbitration Report 2006, she was named as one of the “star performers” in a survey which asked over 100 dispute resolution teams to select the arbitrators they most admired. She has also been appointed as an expert to whom legal disputes have been referred for binding determination, and has given expert opinions on English law for use in commercial litigation abroad. She has been a member of Bar disciplinary tribunals and has sat twice as a Visitor to the Inns of Court. She regularly lectures to law firms, members of the Bar and members of the international shipping and banking community on topics of current relevance.

Peter Carter QC

18 Red Lion Court

  • 1974: Called to the Bar
  • 1995: Queen’s Counsel
  • 2003-2005: Chair, Bar Human Rights Committee
  • 2003: Master of the Bench, Gray’s Inn
  • 2008-2009: Chair, Gray’s Inn Advocacy & Continuing Education Committee

Peter Carter undertakes all types of criminal law work either for defence or prosecution, but with the principal emphasis upon fraud, terrorism, homicide and trafficking.

He represented one of the defendants in the July 21st 2005 terrorism case. He has appeared for the defence in other terrorism cases, and acted as special advocate in the case of Bourgass and others at the Old Bailey (the ricin case).

He was a joint signatory to the amicus brief submitted on behalf of British MPs to the US Supreme Court in Rasul v Bush when the Supreme Court held that denial of access to federal courts for constitutional redress to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay was unlawful.

Peter regularly lectures counter-terrorism officers on procedural and human rights aspects of counter-terrorism policing, and has given a number of lectures at Gray’s Inn and elsewhere on terrorism and on international human rights. He has provided a series of seminars at Bramshill to delegates involved in criminal justice from developing countries.

He is an acknowledged expert in the questioning of expert witnesses. In his capacity as Chair of the Advocacy and Continuing Education Department at Gray’s Inn he ran programmes teaching advocates how to use and question expert witnesses and continues to teach the same programme.

Simon Davis

His Honour Judge

Max Hill QC

Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association

  • 1987: Called to the Bar
  • 2008: Queen’s Counsel
  • 2011: Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association

Max Hill has been instructed for the prosecution in many of the most significant and high-profile terrorism trials in the past ten years. Previously, he spent fifteen years pursuing a mixed prosecution and defence practice, but then became known for his work in cases of murder and terrorism.

His cases at the Central Criminal Court include the successful second prosecution for the killing of Damilola Taylor, R v Preddie and Preddie, in which he was first junior prosecution counsel.

In addition to many other murder cases at the Central Criminal Court, he was instructed (as junior prosecution counsel) in the last IRA prosecution in this country to date, R v Hulme and others.

Thereafter, he has been continuously instructed for the prosecution, first as junior counsel then, as leading junior and now as QC, in a series of Al Qaeda terrorist trials from 2004 to date. These include the so-called ‘Ricin Conspiracy’ trial R v Bourgass and others, concerning the discovery of poison recipes and ingredients in north London, terrorism trials involving Syria (R v Tabbakh, Birmingham Crown Court 2008), Baluchistan (R v Baluch and Marri, Woolwich Crown Court 2008-9), Somalia (R v Mohamed and Yusuf, Kingston Crown Court 2009) as well as all three trials resulting from the ‘21/7’ plot by suicide bombers to detonate bombs on London transport.

Max was also instructed on behalf of the Metropolitan Police during the 7 July 2005 London Bombings Inquests.

Anthony Leonard QC

His Honour Judge

Patricia Lynch QC

18 Red Lion Court

  • Call: 1979
  • Silk: 1998

Since taking silk, her practice has been predominantly murder, interspersed with serious sex and drugs cases. She is a strong and persuasive advocate who is not afraid of bold decision making and whose skills lie in cross-examination and the experienced and careful handling of vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She has represented a number of children and young people, often with medical, mental health and behavioural problems, in serious sex cases and has prosecuted in cases where complainants have similar difficulties. She specialises in DNA and forensic medical matters.

She has frequently been instructed by the Medical Defence Union to represent doctors accused of a variety of offences in their professional capacity and to act in both the criminal trial and subsequent disciplinary proceedings.

With the advent of the Criminal Justice Act, she was instructed by the CPS to advise and conduct legal argument at first instance and in the Court of Appeal on bad character and hearsay applications in “cold cases” for the Sapphire Unit.

Mark Rowley QPM

Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police

Mark Rowley took up his current post as Assistant Commissioner for Central Operations in the Metropolitan Police in December 2011. He has responsibility for the delivery of specialist uniform policing across London in support of the Commissioner’s commitment to Total Policing, as well as being the lead for public order and major events.

Prior to his appointment to the Met, Mark was Chief Constable of Surrey Police where he led the Force’s focus on cutting crime and anti-social behaviour through putting “Surrey Public First” – simplifying the Force’s focus on safety and improved public confidence by reducing the volume of targets and giving more discretion to frontline officers to fight crime and serve victims. Major crime reduction was underpinned by Operation Shield – created as a new approach to the 50% of Surrey’s crime committed by travelling criminals. He oversaw a radical transformational change program that uniquely addressed austerity challenges and additionally increased PCs by 200 (16%), cut management costs by a third and support cuts by a quarter, creating joint teams with local authorities of officers/PCSOs and council staff and sharing buildings to reduce estate costs. The extra operational led to rises in public confidence to 87% and similar levels of satisfaction with response to crime and ASB.

He has also overseen several high profile investigations and for 5 years he led the investigation into the 2002 murder of Milly Dowler ending in a high profile conviction of Levi Bellfield on 23rd June 2011.
Mark began his policing career in 1987 in West Midlands Police, having graduated from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. After a broad uniformed and detective career in Birmingham, he moved to the National Criminal Investigation Service as a Detective Superintendent. On transferring to Surrey as Chief Superintendent to command West Surrey Basic Command Unit, he oversaw major crime reductions and was appointed Assistant Chief Constable from November 2003. He helped generate the ‘National Reassurance Policing Project’ which led to the countrywide roll out of Neighbourhood Policing. This work included the establishment of “neighbourhood panels” where local people vote on what they want local officers and themselves to tackle in the subsequent month. In 2005 he took responsibility for ‘Specialist Operations’ in the county.

From 2009-11 he was a member of ACPO Cabinet, leading the ‘Future Business Area’ including co-ordinating ACPO’s approach to implementation of PCCs.

In 2011 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

Samantha Simmonds

SKY News

Samantha is an experienced broadcaster with over a decade’s experience presenting news / travel programmes as well as corporate and charity work.

As a main Presenter at Sky News Samantha has broken some of the biggest national and international stories of recent years – including the death of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger and the sentencing and hanging of Saddam Hussein. She also presented on location during the Royal Wedding from outside Buckingham Palace reporting on “The Kiss” and interviewing people who had travelled from all over the world to be there. In addition she covered last year’s General Election – presenting from Redditch and breaking the news of the former Home Secretary Jackie Smith’s devastating loss. Samantha loves the challenge of handling live news and dealing with the biggest events of the day – interviewing senior politicians, celebrities and the ordinary people often at the centre of events such as survivors of the recent Norway massacre.

Samantha can be seen in a more relaxed role when hosting the evening paper review. It allows her the opportunity to demonstrate her interviewing skills in an informal setting – discussing stories of the day with several guests where she excels at the chattier style of presenting – often refereeing challenging guests such as Kelvin MacKenzie and Edwina Curry.

Samantha found her passion for journalism while writing for Liverpool University student newspaper. She pursued her dream – completing a prestigious postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University. She earned her stripes as a local radio reporter in the North of England and then became a TV news producer and eventually a reporter and then presenter. Along the way Samantha was one of the first journalists from the UK to cover the post 9/11 events on the ground in New York. She was also on the scene of the Edgware Road bombing on 7/7 within minutes – interviewing survivors. While at the BBC News channel Samantha also presented a travel programme “Gate 24″ – a weekly roundup of travel issues and destinations with a story.

Amerdeep Somal

IPCC East Midlands Commissioner

Amerdeep has IPCC oversight of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Staffordshire Police. Like all operational Commissioners, Amerdeep is responsible for overseeing and taking ultimate responsibility for IPCC investigations, casework and the promotion of public confidence in the complaints system (known as guardianship). Amerdeep is the Commission lead on gender abuse and domestic violence (with Rachel Cerfontyne).

Amerdeep is a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). She is a lawyer who started her career in private practice as a criminal defence advocate. She became a prosecution advocate at the Crown Prosecution Service. Amerdeep has received several awards for her work in tackling domestic violence, including one for the Attorney General for confronting the particular challenges affecting Asian communities in dealing with domestic violence and for her commitment to diversity. She is a former Chair of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

In May 2011, Amerdeep was awarded the Asian Woman of Achievement Award.

Jon Stoddart QPM

Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary

After graduating from Northumbria University Jon Stoddart joined his local force in 1982 and was singled out for accelerated promotion. During more than sixteen years with Northumbria, he worked both in uniform and CID and was a Detective Sergeant in Newcastle, a Detective Chief Inspector in Sunderland and, as head of the force’s Major Crime Team following his promotion to Detective Superintendent, was in charge of eight murder investigations on Tyneside and Wearside.

He also led the inquiry into the brick attack which left a Sunderland police officer critically injured. As a result six men were jailed for a total of 44 years.

During his time in Northumbria, Mr Stoddart worked as staff officer to the then Chief Constable, Sir John Stevens. He also spent three years as an area Commander in Tynemouth.

As Assistant Chief Constable in Lincolnshire he had responsibility for Crime, Operations, Territorial Policing of the County and Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Crime Committee and chairs both the National Homicide Group and the Holmes II Executive User Group.

Mr Stoddart took up the post of Deputy Chief Constable at Durham Constabulary on 17th February 2003 and became Chief Constable on 12th December 2005.

Adam Pacifico

Executive member (The  Pacifico Partnership)

Adam has been a barrister since 1991 and remains a member of 18 Red Lion Court. Between 1994-1999 he became a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police based at Kentish Town. Prior to founding the Pacifico Partnership Adam was the Director of BPP Professional Development and a member of the Board of Management responsible for over 100 professional and support staff.

Adam has been delivering training since 1999, and in recent years has trained over 20,000 people in relation to advocacy and courtroom skills including detectives, forensic practitioners, CPS advocates, military prosecutors and city litigators.

Adam is an accredited advocacy trainer for Inner Temple. In 2008 he was appointed a Crown Court Advocacy Assessor for the CPS and in 2009 a member of the Covert Policing Ethics Committee.

Elliot Perry

Executive member (18 Red Lion Court)

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