JUSTICE Board

Chair

Walter Walter MerricksMerricks CBE has been a member of the JUSTICE executive board since 2009.  He is chair of IMPRESS: the independent monitor for the press, proposed class representative in a collective action claim against MasterCard, and a member of the Civil Aviation Authority’s Consumer Panel. 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 recently served on the board of the Gambling Commission. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alexandra Carr is a Senior Associate in the litigation department at Howard Kennedy. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and civil fraud. She is actively involved in her firm’s Pro Bono initiatives, including regularly volunteering with the Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Clinics and for LawWorks. Alexandra is passionate and committed to participating in the justice system as a whole in the United Kingdom, and to promoting fair access to justice and a more diverse judiciary. Alexandra looks forward to working with JUSTICE to promotes its values and objectives and to assist with events and fundraising.
  • Deba Das is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 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 Chair of Law for Life, the public legal education charity, and a member of the Civil Justice Council Working Group on Self-Represented Litigants,and of the MOJ Litigants in Person Engagement Group.She is a member of the Greenwich University Law Advisory Forum . She was until recently  a trustee of LawWorks  and a public governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Amanda has been a JUSTICE Council Member since 2009 and Executive Board member since 2010. In 2017/18 she chaired the Justice Working Party on Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice.
  • 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.
  • Kate Saunders is Senior Public Policy Manager at the Guardian, where she works on policy issues that affect the media sector. Previously, Kate was Corporate and Commercial Policy Adviser at The Law Society of England and Wales and also a public affairs consultant at Weber Shandwick. Kate worked and trained at Clifford Chance LLP as a corporate finance solicitor, including a secondment to Liberty.
  • 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.
  • Naomi Creutzfeldt is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster where she teaches public law and comparative law. Her current ESRC funded research project (together with Dr Chris Gill, Glasgow) is on “Access to Justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and consumer vulnerability in the European energy sector.” Before this she was part of the European Civil Justice Systems team at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Her interests in administrative and civil justice systems and ADR (as pathways of informal dispute resolution) have a broader scope, addressing questions of access to justice, vulnerability, and consumer protection. Naomi is a member of the Common Room at Wolfson College (Oxford), the dispute resolution ombudsman standards board, the Peer Review College UKRI and a civil and commercial mediator. Naomi is on the Steering Group of the Administrative Justice Council, for which JUSTICE provides the Secretariat, and serves as the co-chair of its Academic Panel. Naomi was elected to the Board in October 2018.
  • Rachel Sexton is a Partner and the Head of the Financial Services – Forensic & Integrity Services team at EY. Her team is comprised of compliance professionals, forensic accountants, internal auditors, data analysts, former regulators and former law enforcement professionals. Rachel has brought together this team from diverse disciplines to solve her clients’ complex financial crime compliance issues and investigate incidents when they arise. Rachel has a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration and Accountancy from California State University at Northridge and is a US Certified Public Accountant. She has also earned Diplomas in Financial Crime Prevention and Anti-Money Laundering from International Compliance Training. She regularly speaks at conferences on financial crime compliance and investigations. She was elected as a Trustee for JUSTICE in October 2018 and has been appointed Treasurer. She is also a Trustee Director for the Fraud Advisory Panel which is a non-profit organisation that champions best practice in fraud prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution, and advises people and organisations on how to best protect themselves against fraud.
  • Patrick Corr is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and head of their Restructuring group in London. He has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious corporate recovery and turnaround matters. Patrick is a former member of Co-operation Ireland, a non-political and non-denominational charity dedicated to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Patrick has been a member of the JUSTICE executive board since 2018.
  • Jennifer MacLeod is a junior barrister at Brick Court Chambers, where she has a broad practice encompassing human rights and public law, EU and competition law, and commercial claims. She is called to the Bar in England, Ireland and New York, and worked for a number of international human rights organisations before coming to the Bar.  Previously to serving on the JUSTICE board, she was for a number of years a founding director of Lawyers against Abuse, a charity providing legal support to victims of sexual assault in South Africa.