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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.

False allegations, emotional truth and actual lies

False allegations, emotional truth and actual lies

‘After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence.’ Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying (1891) The present preoccupation with sex crime and victims of…

Proof magazine: Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’

Proof magazine: Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’

Earlier this year, Labour’s Victims’ Taskforce headed by Sir Keir Starmer QC published its recommendations on a proposed new Victims’ Law. The Conservative Party Manifesto was quick to follow suit…

‘Not every death can be explained. Some cases are intractable’

‘Not every death can be explained. Some cases are intractable’

The marathon litigation surrounding the case of Poppi Worthing, the 13 month old infant who died in hospital in December 2012, has finally come to an end. Mr Justice Peter…

Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’

Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’

Earlier this year, Labour’s Victims’ Taskforce headed by Sir Keir Starmer QC published its recommendations on a proposed new Victims’ Law. The Conservative Party Manifesto was quick to follow suit…

Driving a coach and horses through the presumption of innocence

Driving a coach and horses through the presumption of innocence

Last week the House of Commons held a debate about the work of the Crown Prosecution Service, specifically, the impact of cutbacks on its work. Perhaps predictably, some MPs deplored…

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