BBC south

On the six o’clock news on BBC South the day that Guilty Until Proven Innocent was published

I mainly write about the law and justice – and the difference between the two. I run and lecture at Winchester University in the journalism department.

I have written for the national and specialist press for 20 years. I have won the Bar Council’s journalist of the year twice (2005 and 2015); and won the journalist of the year at the inaugural Halsbury Legal awards in 2013.

My articles have appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday (see the front page story); the FT; the Sunday Express; the Mail on Sunday; and The Times.

Victor Nealon, front cover, Indy on Sunday

I won the Bar Council’s journalist of the year for my articles for the Independent on Sunday – including this front-page

You can read my Guardian/ Observer articles here and my Independent articles here.

I have written six books: Guilty until proven innocent: the crisis in our justice system (Biteback Publishing, 2018), The First Miscarriage of Justice: the amazing and unreported case of Tony Stock (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap: Whatever happened to legal aid (Legal Action Group, 2009 – with Steve Hynes); People Power: how to campaign and make a difference (Daily Telegraph and LawPack, 2008), A parent’s guide to the law (LawPack, January 2010) and Affordable Law (LawPack 2003).

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2015

Being presented with the Bar Council’s journalist of the year award by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC

In 2011, I set up the Justice Gap ( – an award-winning online magazine about law and justice run by journalists. The magazine runs original articles, comment and analysis every weekday.

I edit Proof magazine, the Justice Gap’s print magazine.

Proof cover finalI’m also co-founder and editor of Legal Voice, an online magazine aimed at the legal aid profession and legal not-for-profit sector. The idea was for an online magazine as well as a resource to help the sector survive the impact of the 2013 legal aid (LASPO) cuts.

Over the course of 2018/19, I am working on a research project on the impact of austerity on the justice system (Justice in a Time of Austerity) with Dr Daniel Newman of Cardiff University. I’m interviewing people up and down the country about their experience of the justice system. It is a collaboration between Cardiff University, the Justice Gap supported by the City law firm Ashurst and the barristers chambers Garden Court. There will be a book in 2020.

I taught in Winchester University’s journalism department for three years (2015 to 2018). I designed and taught the ‘introduction to journalism’ and ‘feature writing’ modules, as well as teaching news reporting. In 2018 I  taught in criminology department for its ‘Introduction to miscarriages’ of justice module.

I was senior fellow in access to justice at Lincoln University (2012 to 2015) and I am a patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. I am also on the advisory committee for the Centre for Criminal Appeals which investigates miscarriages and the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s stakeholder group.

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