Executive Board

Chair

Walter Walter MerricksMerricks CBE has been a member of the JUSTICE executive board since 2009. He is a Gambling Commissioner, chair of IMPRESS: the independent monitor for the press, and proposed class representative in a collective action claim against MasterCard. After qualifying as a solicitor, he became successively the founding director of Camden Community Law Centre, a lecturer in law at Brunel University and a journalist on the New Law Journal. He served as policy and communications director of the Law Society of England and Wales, then becoming Insurance Ombudsman and subsequently inaugural Chief Ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure (1981), the Fraud Trials Committee (1986), and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (2002-08).

Board members

  • Zahra Al-Rikabi has a broad practice encompassing commercial, European, public and human rights law at Brick Court Chambers. She has an LLM in public international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has worked with the Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq during the negotiations of the US-Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement, advising on issues such as state jurisdiction and state immunity. Zahra has been a JUSTICE Council and Executive Board member since 2013.
  • Nicholas Aleksander is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Nicholas has advised on the taxation of business affairs for nearly 30 years, with particular experience in tax efficient remuneration and incentive arrangements. He also sits as a part-time judge in the tax tribunals adjudicating on disputes between taxpayers and HMRC. He is a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal and a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. Nicholas has been a JUSTICE Council and Executive Board member since 1994, serving as the Honorary Treasurer of JUSTICE since 2009.
  • Peter Binning is a Partner at Corker Binning and is one of the country’s leading criminal law practitioners. Peter is a long standing Council member. He previously served on the Executive Board from 1999 to 2002, and is currently on the Finance and Appeal Committees.
  • Roger Burlingame is a highly experienced trial attorney and investigator with the international litigation firm, Kobre & Kim. Based in the firm’s London office, Roger’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defence, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters. Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Roger served as the Chief of the Public Integrity Section and Senior Trial Counsel in the Business & Securities Fraud Section at the US Department of Justice (as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York). He also taught a seminar for a number of years on US federal prosecution as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Earlier in his career, Roger worked at the New York State Capital Defenders Office, the Vera Institute of Justice’s Neighborhood Defender Service and the Natural Resources Defense Counsel.  He was co-opted onto the JUSTICE Council and Executive Board in 2015.
  • Liz Campbell was the Director of Wellbeing of Women from 2006 to 2014. Prior to joining Wellbeing Liz was an Independent Member, vice Chairman and Chairman of the Surrey Police Authority and National Lead for Professional Standards and Probationer Training and a member of Police Negotiating Board. Previously, Liz was a non-Executive Director of two NHS Trusts, owned and ran an industrial employment agency, served as trustee and fundraiser for a number of charities and was an HR professional in the construction industry. Liz has served on the JUSTICE Council as a co-opted member since 2014, also serving on the Appeal Committee.
  • Deba Das is a Senior Associate at Freshfields. His practice encompasses competition and commercial litigation, commercial public law and business and human rights. Deba has represented public and private sector clients before both UK courts and tribunals and the European Courts. He has served on the JUSTICE Council since 2013, also serving on the Appeal Committee. He has spoken at a number of JUSTICE events over the years and supported Freshfield’s substantial donation to the JUSTICE Appeal.
  • Amanda Finlay CBE was formerly a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, responsible for legal aid and legal services strategy. Now retired, she is a member of the Civil Justice Council Working Group on Self-Represented Litigants, a trustee of LawWorks and of Law for Life, and a public governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Amanda has been a JUSTICE Council Member since 2009 and Executive Board member since 2010.
  • Professor Richard de Friend is a former Director of the College of Law. For many years he was a Law Lecturer at the University of Kent, where he also served as Head of Kent Law School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Richard has been a JUSTICE Council Member since 2008 and Executive Board member since 2010. He chaired the Executive Board from 2012 until 2016.
  • Jane Hickman was a founding and later managing partner of Hickman & Rose. She has recently retired from the partnership but is still advising the firm as a consultant and coach.  She also has personal experience at board level as a former non-executive Commissioner at the Legal Services Commission. In conjunction with the firm, Jane continues to advise a number of existing clients pro bono on their appeals and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • N. Lynn Hiestand is a former partner of the law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  After more than 27 years in private practice, Lynn retired and relocated to Iraq for three years where she served as Iraqi Legal Programs Director and then Country Director for Heartland Alliance International (HAI), a human rights organisation providing legal, social and mental health services to vulnerable populations, including survivors of torture, human trafficking, and gender based violence.  Now based in the US, Lynn serves on the boards of a number of UK and US based charities public interest charities.
  • Theodore Huckle QC was the Counsel General for Wales from 2011 to 2015, a statutory member of the Welsh Government and its senior legal advisor and Law Officer. He joined Doughty Street in 2015 and is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and General Editor of the Butterworths’ Personal Injury Litigation Service. Theo is an executive member of the Personal Injury Bar Association and served as Young Bar and Circuit member of the Bar Council during 1990-2008. He began practice with a broad based common law practice before specialising in complex disease cases and latterly also public/constitutional cases. Theo has experience of advocacy at every UK level, from different tribunals to the Supreme Court.
  • Christina Liciaga is the Global Head of Wealth Propositions for HSBC, following 15 years working in international finance in Asia, Europe and North America. Christina is serving on sub groups of JUSTICE’s current working party on judicial diversity and is keen to assist with our fundraising efforts.
  • Dr Hannah Quirk is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Manchester. Her primary research interests are wrongful convictions and sentencing. Her book The Rise and Fall of the Right of Silence, will be published later this year. Previously she worked as Senior Researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre, as a Case Review Manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and at the Innocence Project New Orleans. Hannah was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Risley. She is a member of the Qualifications Committee of the Bar Standards Board and a Director of South Manchester Credit Union.
  • Sir Michael Tugendhat was a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales from 2003 to 2014, following a career at the Bar from 1970. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench Division civil lists. His publications include The Law of Privacy and Media (OUP 2002, now 3rd edn 2016). His new book Liberty Intact: Human Rights in English Law is due to be published by Oxford University Press in December.