Academic Team

Lynda Gibbs QC (Hon)

Dean of the ICCA, Barrister, Called 1993, Honorary QC 2020 – Middle Temple. Former Criminal and Family practitioner, Midland Circuit. Specialist areas of interest, vulnerable witnesses, children in conflict with the law, honour-based violence and forced marriage. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Opinion Writing, Criminal Advocacy and Conference.

Chris Kessling

ICCA Head of Programmes, Barrister, Called 1992 – Middle Temple. Criminal practitioner, Midland Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Homicide and gang-related violence, drugs importation and supply, sexual offences. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Criminal Advocacy.

Alexandra Frith

Barrister, Called 1993 – Lincoln’s Inn. Civil practitioner (Westgate Chambers), South Eastern Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Landlord and Tenant, Employment Law. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Civil Advocacy and Drafting. 

Jane Hutton

Barrister, Called 1999 – Gray’s Inn. (Former) Criminal practitioner, South-Eastern Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Youth Justice, Online Legal Learning, Professional Ethics. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: With Patrick Ryan, I am responsible for the ICCA’s online materials.

Patrick Ryan

Barrister, Called 2003 – Inner Temple. (Former) Criminal practitioner, Northern Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Advocacy Training, Online Legal Learning, Professional Ethics. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: With Jane Hutton, I am responsible for the ICCA’s online materials.

Steven Johnson

Barrister, Called 1984 – Middle Temple. (Former) Criminal practitioner, Northern  Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Advocacy Training, Online Legal Learning. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Criminal Advocacy and Conference.

Steve Wells

Barrister, Called 2000 – Lincoln’s Inn. Former Criminal practitioner, South-eastern Circuit. Specialist areas of interest: Drug importation, distribution and supply; benefit fraud; and sexual offences. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Conference, Criminal Advocacy and Drafting.

Barnaby Pinfield

Barrister, Called 2002 – Lincoln’s Inn. Former mixed practitioner. Specialist areas of interest: Asylum, public inquiry work, civil litigation. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Civil Advocacy and Drafting.

Kevin Farrelly

Barrister, Called 1992 – Middle Temple. Former civil practitioner Specialist areas of interest: landlord and tenant, property litigation, wills and trusts. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Opinion Writing, Civil Advocacy and Drafting.

Noémi Byrd

Barrister, Called 2004 – Gray’s Inn. Public and planning law practitioner. Specialist areas of interest: climate law and planning, public rights of way. Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Civil Advocacy, Opinion Writing.

Nathan Hawley

Solicitor, Qualified 2000. Specialist areas of interest: Civil Litigation (contractual, employment and property disputes). Subjects taught on the Bar Course: Conference, Opinion Writing and Drafting.