Biographies (in alphabetical order)

Greg Davies

Greg Davies was called to the Bar in 2005 and practises at 4 Brick Court. He specialises in cases involving children and acts in the fields of both public and private family law. He has conducted cases involving human rights and international law and regularly appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court. Greg has lectured on the Children Act 1989 and trained the London Probation Service in criminal law and procedure.

Jayne Harrill

Jayne Harrill was called to the Bar in 1990 and is Deputy Head of Chambers at 4 Brick Court. Jayne specialises in cases involving children and has extensive experience of representing children in public law proceedings. Jayne has a particular interest in representing vulnerable clients and those lacking capacity, which has led her to establish the Court of Protection team within chambers.

Marianna Hildyard QC

Marianna Hildyard QC (Lady Falconer of Thoroton) was called to the Bar in 1977, became a QC in 2002 and practises at 4 Brick Court. She is a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder on the Southern Circuit, sitting in crime, civil and in both public and private family law cases, and a Bencher at Inner Temple. Marianna has a wealth of experience in law pertaining to children and childcare with over 30 years of practice, and has a number of published cases. She regularly gives talks on the issue of women and the law, and addressed the Commonwealth Law Conference on hearing the voice of the child in litigation.

Judy Khan QC

Judy Khan QC was called to the Bar in 1989, was appointed a Crown Court Recorder in 2006 and became a QC in 2010. She has experience of criminal defence work across a wide spectrum of criminal cases and has been instructed as leading counsel in cases involving allegations of murder, attempted murder, kidnap, fraud, money laundering and large scale importation/supply of drugs. Judy also has extensive experience of cases involving sexual allegations. She finds representing young and vulnerable defendants particularly rewarding.

Jude Lanchin

Jude Lanchin was admitted to the Solicitors Roll in 1994 after a career in community-based work. She is a Senior Associate Solicitor at leading human rights firm Bindmans LLP, specialising in criminal defence. Her work often involves high-profile cases, complex and serious organised crime and spans a wide range of allegations including murder, firearms, drugs supply/importation, fraud and confiscation. She is also known for her protest-related work and her defence of young people and has a particular interest in youth justice.

Marc Mason

Marc Mason was called to the Bar in 2006 and is a barrister at 4 Brick Court, specialising in law relating to children. He is a former Research Fellow at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, Lecturer at the University of Westminster and Research Assistant at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). Marc is also a lecturer at the Institute of Law, Jersey and continues to teach quantitative research methods to PhD students at IALS.

Frances Oldham QC

Frances Oldham QC was called to the Bar in 1977 and became a QC in 1994. She is the former Head of Chambers at 36 Bedford Row, a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division, a Crown Court Recorder, a Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn and was Leader of the Midland Circuit 2002 to 2005. Chambers and Partners 2010 cited her as a Leading QC in Criminal Law, London. Frances is regularly instructed in high profile and complex cases and is listed as preferred Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has considerable experience in criminal and family law. Her substantial criminal practice includes all aspects of serious and complex crime.

Baroness Scotland QC

The Rt Hon the Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC (former Shadow Attorney General and Attorney General of England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Baroness Scotland QC was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1977, specialising in family and children’s law. Baroness Scotland made history in 1991 by becoming the first black woman and youngest person to be appointed a QC. She was a founding member of 1 Gray’s Inn Square barristers’ chambers. Early in 1997 she was elected as a Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 28 June 2007 Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She was the first woman to hold the office since its foundation in 1315. Baroness Scotland also held the position of Advocate General of Northern Ireland and served as Shadow Attorney General from May 2010 to October 2011. She continues with her parliamentary duties and is now back in private practice at 4 Paper Buildings.

Sir Stephen Sedley

The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley (formerly Lord Justice Sedley)

Sir Stephen Sedley was called to the Bar in 1964, became a QC in 1983 and was appointed a High Court judge in 1992, serving in the Queen’s Bench Division. In 1999 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, retiring in 2011. He has sat as a judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights and on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at Oxford University and a Judicial Visitor at University College, London. Sir Stephen chaired the Judicial Studies Board’s working party on the Human Rights Act 1998 and since 1999 has been President of the British Institute of Human Rights.