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Date(s) - 28/10/2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
We are delighted to invite you to the second round of the JUSTICE members-only webinar series titled ‘Career Conversations’. Over the course of this series you will have the opportunity to hear from a range of excellent speakers from the JUSTICE membership, sharing their various paths into and through the law.
On Wednesday 28 October we welcome Dean Kingham as our speaker.
Dean Kingham is a solicitor who qualified in 2011. He previously completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2005 and decided to cross qualify as a solicitor. He has worked on criminal appeals since 2005. He heads the prison law, criminal and public law teams at Swain and Co Solicitors.
His work at Swain and Co involves regularly representing those before the Parole Board, making applications to the Court of Appeal and submitting cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He is a Committee Member for Association of Prisoner Lawyers and sits on both the Parole Board user group and Criminal Cases Review Commission user group. He is vice chairman of Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence. He sits on the advisory panel of the Miscarriages of Justice Charity Inside Justice and serves on the JUSTICE Council.
In July 2020 he was crowned winner of Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year under the Public law category. A recent example of a Judicial Review challenge he took Warner, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 1894 (Admin), involved a claim against the Ministry of Justice for interfering in the independence of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Ultimately, the challenge was not successful but did lead the High Court to conclude “The relationship between the CCRC and MoJ (whether the ALB CoE or more widely) was very poor during this period, even dysfunctional. The poverty of this relationship undoubtedly tested the CCRC’s ability to remain independent of MoJ, and to be seen to be so. It is no surprise that a judicial review was issued in 2018, seeking the Court’s review of these and related matters”.