The perils of historic sexual abuse allegations - Sandra Paul interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

7 July 2021

Sandra Paul, Partner in our Criminal Litigation team, appeared on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour show on 7 July 2021 to discuss the Lady Nourse case along with providing her views on the law for those who've been accused of historic sexual offences.

In this detailed interview, Lady Nourse shares her experience of the allegations made against her with Sandra exploring the implications these allegations can have. Sandra also explores this area in a wider context looking at the issues raised for those who've been accused of historical sexual offences, issues around anonymity and what needs to change with the current law.

Just because you are accused of an offence does not make you an unworthy person."

Myopically looking at increasing the number of convictions is not what we should be doing."

What people want is the confidence that shows that someone has taken the time to look at [the evidence] objectively."

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here. Lady Nourse discusses her case for the first 25 minutes and Sandra begins at 25:28 until 40:30

Further information

For further information on the issues raised in this article, please contact a member of our criminal litigation team.


About the author

Sandra Paul is a partner in our Criminal Litigation team. She has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual misconduct. She works with clients in the UK and abroad, including allegations following the #MeToo campaign.

She has a particular passion and aptitude for working with children and young adults, navigating them safely through the youth justice system. Youth crime is a specialist area in which Sandra is a leader in her field.
Drawing on her advocacy experience, Sandra is particularly accomplished in preparing witnesses to give an account or evidence in settings ranging from court proceedings through to internal and external investigations or inquiries.  Sandra’s career has included discreet representation of high profile individuals including politicians, bankers, music, sports and media personalities.


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