Criminal Law Week

7 June 2022

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Criminal Law Week is proud to have launched its bi-annual seminar series. The inaugural event took place on 24 May 2022, hosted by Kingsley Napley LLP and chaired by Matt Hardcastle. The speakers, all members of Criminal Law Week’s commentary board, were:

David Wurtzel (Bencher of Middle Temple): Vulnerable Participants from R v Rashid to R v Lally:  What is there to help your client and where does your duty kick in?

David led us through the mechanics and developments of how the court process can, and should, be adapted to enable vulnerable people to participate in their case. 

Rebecca Niblock (Partner, Kingsley Napley): Overseas Production Orders - a new landscape?

Rebecca discussed the landscape of the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019, the rule of law challenges, and the particularly knotty issues of how service providers will need to approach potentially privileged data.

Maya Sikand QC (Doughty Street Chambers): Where now for victims of trafficking forced into criminality?

Maya distilled the recent decisions relating to victims of human trafficking who find themselves engaged in criminality and set out where we now stand – including the glimmers of hope which can be found in this much changed field.  

Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC (Drystone Chambers): Muscularity & Money Laundering

Andrew provided a refresher on the political approach to combating money laundering over the years and how this has played out in practice.


The next Criminal Law Week seminar is due to take place in October 2022 and the speakers will be announced in the coming months.  

About the author

Matthew’s specialty is in pre-charge investigations and litigation.  Matthew has represented regulated individuals, politicians, senior police officers, financiers, government officials, members of the film and TV industry, entertainers and sports stars. Matthew is also a member of the Prosecution Oversight Panel of the RSPCA.


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