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Barbara is a barrister practising at 1 Gray's Inn Square. She specialises in public and administrative law; human rights & civil liberties; and professional discipline and regulatory law. Her practice includes mental capacity and court of protection work, judicial review, inquests, healthcare law, professional discipline and employment law.

Abuse inquiries – an exercise in futility?

Abuse inquiries – an exercise in futility?

There is a vogue for historic abuse inquiries in the English-speaking world. The latest attempt by the Government to set up such an inquiry has foundered, after the powerful victims’…

Should we wrap victims up in cotton wool?

Should we wrap victims up in cotton wool?

Victims enjoy unprecedented attention in public and political debate today. We are constantly told that their needs are not being met, that society is ‘failing victims’ and that more needs…

‘Perfect storm’ for the falsely accused

‘Perfect storm’ for the falsely accused

FACT (Falsely Accused Carers & Teachers) held its Spring conference at the Institute of Criminology of Oxford University. Ros Burnett, a senior research associate at the Institute, worked tirelessly to…

Autistic teenager ‘failed by agencies’

Last month the deputy coroner for West Yorkshire, Professor Paul Marks, announced the outcome of an inquest into the death of Gareth Oates. Gareth died on March 2nd 2010, less…