ICCA Conference Speakers

The responsibility of prosecuting high-profile cases at first instance and on appeal

Tom Little KC
Tom Little QC called in 1997, appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 2012 and Senior Treasury Counsel in 2017. He took Silk in 2018. Tom regularly prosecutes high-profile cases such as the murders of Sarah Everard and Sir David Amess MP. In 2021 Tom won Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Responding to rape myths

Professor Penney Lewis
Professor Lewis joined the Law Commission as Commissioner for Criminal Law on 1 January 2020. Her current projects include Confiscation of the Proceeds of Crime, Contempt, Criminal Appeals and Evidence in Sexual Offences, which forms part of the Government’s End to End Rape Review. The Government is currently implementing recommendations from her projects on the Official Secrets Acts and the communications offences in the National Security and Online Safety Bills respectively; the recommendations of her project on Intimate Image Abuse may also be included in the Online Safety Bill. Previously she was Professor of Law in the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

Forensic Statistics: how should we educate law students and the legal profession?

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE
Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and a Non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019, and in 2022 he was a guest on Desert Island Discs. He is @d_spiegel on Twitter.

 

 

Trauma-informed lawyering

Wendy Showell Nicholas
Wendy is a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Registered Independent Social Worker with a specialist interest in trauma and vicarious trauma. She provides wellbeing services to the North East Circuit of Barristers and is a regular speaker at conferences for legal, health and social work professionals. Her work was highly commended at the Family Law Chambers of The Year Award 2021.

Tech of the future: Artificial Intelligence and smart contracts

Professor Sarah Green
Professor Green was appointed as Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law on 1 January 2020. She was previously Professor of Private Law at the University of Bristol. Prior to that, she was Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, having been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2001 – 2010. Before embarking on her academic career, she was a software consultant at Accenture. Professor Green has written books and articles on a variety of issues including virtual currencies, blockchain issues surrounding intermediated securities, smart contracts, sale of goods law as applicable to digitised assets, negligence and wage theft.

Pupil Supervisory roles, the challenges and expectations

Lucy Garrett KC
Lucy Garrett KC is a commercial barrister with a specialist practice in construction both in the UK and overseas. She is Head of Keating Chambers’ Pupillage Committee and was one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” in 2021. Lucy is passionate about diversity, inclusion and access to the Bar, and was influential in Keating Chambers’ decision to fund a Criminal Bar pupillage during the pandemic.

 

Charlotte Worsley KC
Charlotte Worsley KC took silk in March 2022. She is Head of the Family Team at PSQB and has been a practitioner in Family Law since 2002. She handles all aspects of children work, with particular emphasis on public-law proceedings.

 

 

The ICCA Bar Course – the future of bar training

ICCA academic team - Vice Dean of the ICCA: Chris KesslingChris Kessling
Chris Kessling is the ICCA Vice-Dean, with responsibility for student recruitment and the ICCA academic team. Called to the Bar in 1992 and with 21 years in practice as a criminal barrister, Chris continues to follow his passion for advocacy and Bar training to the highest level.

 

 

 

Promoting Fairness at both the Chancery & the wider Bar

Yasmin Yasseri
Called to the Bar in 2005, Yasmin practices in business and property law at No 5 Chambers. Her particular areas of expertise are in commercial litigation, company and partnership and insolvency. Yasmin also sits as a Recorder. She has a particular interest in issues of inclusion, and having previously served as ED Officer at No5 Chambers, is the current Chair of the ChBA Equality & Diversity Subcommittee.

Rachel Krys
Rachel Krys leads the Bar Council’s Accelerator Programme, focussed on the retention and progression of women and other under-represented groups at the Bar, as well as delivering equality, fair recruitment and harassment training for the Bar Council. Rachel has been an equality and human rights campaigner for more than two decades. She was co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition and is chair of Women for Refugee Women. Rachel has also worked with large and small employers to tackle discrimination and promote inclusion.

 

 

Post-Covid Barristers: What is the future for chambers?: a discussion of the benefits of working in Chambers

Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC
Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC has been a member of Falcon Chambers for 37 years, where he specialises in property law. He has been joint head of chambers for 15 years, and has been involved both with the Bar Council and the Inner Temple. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Elizabeth Fitzgerald is a senior junior in Falcon Chambers, specialising in property law like her colleagues.

 

 

Michael Ranson
Michael Ranson was a solicitor and partner at a firm in the City of London from 2004 to 2019 before transferring to the Bar and joining Falcon Chambers. Alongside his practice in property law, he has a particular interest in the recruitment, mentoring and training of junior lawyers.

Fern Schofield
Fern Schofield has been practising from Falcon Chambers for 3 years since completing her pupillage. She specialises in property law, and has a particular interest in telecommunications law.

 

 

The future of international advocacy training

Chris Melton KC
Chris Melton KC is the recently appointed ICCA governor responsible for the international training programme. His experience at the Bar is in the field of criminal and personal injury work – he has appeared on four occasions in the Supreme Court and on many occasions in the Court of Appeal. His ambition is to extend and focus the international programme using a seedcorn approach with training of local trainers a priority. He is a firm believer in recruiting a wide range of trainers.