HHJ Peter Thornton QC is a Senior Circuit Judge, sitting at the Central Criminal Court. He was latterly Joint Head of Chambers at Doughty Street, and was a top-ranked criminal silk. He is on the board of the Criminal Law Review and is author of (the now out of print) Public Order Law, was joint editor of The Penguin Civil Liberty Guide, and wrote Decade of Decline: Civil Liberties in the Thatcher Years.
Ruth Brander (call 2001), is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She practices in crime and public law, prisoners' rights, civil actions against the police and inquests. Ruth has a particular interest in the rights of vulnerable, young or mentally disordered defendants and detainees. She also specialises in representing political protesters in domestic criminal trials. She is a contributor to Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (OUP forthcoming Oct 2009).
Richard Thomas (call 2002), is a criminal barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Richard practices in all areas of criminal law; as a trial and appellate advocate and in related public law proceedings. As a trial advocate, he has been instructed in cases of fraud and money laundering, attempted murder and other allegations of serious violence, the importation of Class A drugs, and rape and other sexual offences. As a lead junior he has appeared for the defence in cases of murder, substantial
multi-million pound banking frauds, and drug importation cases involving international cartels. He is a contributor to Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (OUP forthcoming Oct 2009).
David Rhodes (call 2002), is a criminal barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. David is a specialist criminal defence advocate. He has a busy practice in the Crown Court as trial counsel alone and as a led junior across the full spectrum of offences including murder, serious violence, kidnapping, blackmail, armed robbery, drugs supply and importation, immigration offences, public disorder and offences of dishonesty. He also has experience of taking cases to the Court of Appeal. He is a
contributor to Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (OUP forthcoming Oct 2009).
Mike Schwarz is a Partner in the Criminal Law team at Bindmans LLP. He has a leading criminal defence practice and his cases frequently include a civil liberties or public order law angle. He advises and trains national campaigning organisations on criminal and public order law, and regularly appears in the specialist and mainstream broadcast media.
Edward Rees QC is a leading criminal law specialist at Doughty Street Chambers. He has appeared in numerous public order and protest cases over many years; ranging from the Bristol St Paul's riot trial, the Orgreave Miners' riot trial and the Broadwater Farm riot trial (R v Silcott) in the 1980's through to the present day and R v Ayliffe (Greenpeace 'Barry Thirteen') in 2005 and R v Olditch and Pritchard (RAF Fairford trespass) in 2007. He is an Honorary Fellow in
Criminal Process at the University of Kent. He co-authors the Blackstone's Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (3rd edition, OUP, March 2008) and contributes annual chapters of Blackstone's Criminal Practice.