JUSTICE Board

Chair

Walter Walter MerricksMerricks CBE has been a member of the JUSTICE 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 has been a member of the JUSTICE Board since 2015, having previously served from 1999 – 2002. Prior to this, he was a long standing Council member and served on our Finance Committee. Peter is a member of our Development Board.
  • 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 was a co-opted member of the JUSTICE Council before joining the Board in 2015. Liz is a member of our Development Board and Finance 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 joined the JUSTICE Board in 2017, with an interest in promoting JUSTICE’s values and objectives and to assist with events and fundraising.
  • 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 Board since October 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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. Deba has been a Board member since 2015, having previously served on the JUSTICE Council and our Appeal committee. He has spoken at a number of JUSTICE events over the years and supported Freshfield’s substantial donation to the JUSTICE Appeal.
  • 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. Lynn has been a JUSTICE Board member since October 2016 and serves on the BAME Overrepresentation in Youth Justice Working Party.
  • 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. Theo has been a member of the JUSTICE Board since 2016.
  • Christina Liciaga is an entrepreneur turned international financial services executive, with 15+ years of experience as a Founder, Board Member, Global Director and Venture Advisor for high growth tech start-ups, SMEs and multinational corporations across North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is named the top 100 BAME Leaders in Business in UK and the top 100 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Models in UK, Europe and North America by the Financial Times. Currently Head of Customer Service for HSBC UK, Christina is an expert in creating corporate and customer strategies with experience including advising large corporates on post-merger integrations, restructuring multinational global portfolios, developing client segmentation strategies, designing digital lifestyle solutions, and launching a global award-winning wealth membership proposition. Christina was elected to the JUSTICE Board in 2016, appointed to the Finance Committee in 2019 and contributed to the 2017 and 2019 Increasing Judicial Diversity reports most recently as a working party member.
  • 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. Jennifer was elected to the JUSTICE Board in 2018.
  • 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. Kate has been a JUSTICE Board member since 2017.
  • Alison Saunders CB is a qualified barrister and partner at Linklaters. Before joining Linklaters earlier this year, Alison was the most senior public prosecutor in England and Wales, as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), only the second woman to hold the post. Alison served as deputy legal adviser to the Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, returning to establish organised crime division of the CPS and serve as the chief crown prosecutor for London from 2009 to 2013. She previously sat on the Sentencing Council. Alison has been a member of JUSTICE since 2018, when she was appointed to the JUSTICE Council. This year Alison spoke at the launch of our Prosecuting Sexual Offences Working Party launch and our Inspiring Women, Inspiring Careers in Law fundraising event. Alison was elected to the Board in October 2019.
  • 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 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. Rachel was elected to the Board in October 2018 and is our current Treasurer.
  • 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) and Liberty Intact: Human Rights in English Law (OUP 2016). His new book, on the history of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man 1789, is due to be published in Paris in 2020. Michael was elected to the Board in 2016 and chairs our GDPR sub committee.