Conference Speakers 2019 - Confirmed!

13 August 2019 to 13 August 2020

PNLD Criminal Law Conference
Thursday 17 October 2019

Confirmed Speakers:

Anthony EdwardsAnthony Edwards
Duty Solicitor, TV Edwards
Criminal Law in 2019

Solicitor at law firm, TV Edwards LLP. Anthony qualified in 1974 Specialising in Corruption, Fraud and Major Crime and he is recognised as one of the UK’s leading authorities on police station law and professional conduct and gives expert evidence for both the Crown and the defence in those area. He handles cases in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and in the Court of Appeal.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of Criminal Law Review and of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He is also a member of the Law Commission’s Advisory Panel on Criminal Law and a visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Anthony is author of a number of leading hand-books in the field of criminal law, including:

Advising a Suspect in the Police Station (Sweet & Maxwell)
Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2019 (contributor) (Oxford University Press)
Blackstone’s Magistrates Court Handbook (Oxford University Press)
Blackstone’s Youth Court Handbook (Consultant Editor) (Oxford University Press)
Blackstone’s police station handbook (with Matthew Hardcastle)
Criminal Defence: A Guide to Good Practice (Law Society) (with Roger Ede)

Anthony is a former member of the Sentencing (Guidelines) Council, Criminal Justice Consultative Council and for 7 years of the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Authority). He spent 11 years on the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, leading on issues of disclosure and police station advice.


Carl GalvinDetective Superintendent Carl Galvin
Force Authorising officer and Force and Regional lead for Brexit and the impact on Crime and Intelligence, West Yorkshire Police
Brexit and the impact on policing

Carl joined the Police in 1996 initially serving as a patrol officer before moving into the CID. Carl has always enjoyed Serious and Organised Crime Investigation work and in 2003 joined the Major Crime Unit that subsequently became the Drugs and Organised Crime Group.

In 2005, Carl left West Yorkshire Police to work on secondment with the National Crime Squad and subsequently the Serious Organised Crime Agency returning to force in 2009. During that time Carl worked as a surveillance operative and investigator on a number of high profile cases both domestically and internationally.

In October 2012 Carl was promoted Detective Sergeant as the Staff Officer for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Corruption before returning to PSC as an operational DS on the syndicates.
In July 2016 Carl was promoted Detective Inspector and took up as role as Head of Intelligence for the Yorkshire and Humber region with responsibility for the Regional Intelligence Unit, Development and disruption team, Organised Crime threat assessment and the confidential unit.

In January 2018 Carl was promoted Detective Chief Inspector into the role he currently occupies.

As part of his role Carl is the chair of the Regional Strategic Drugs threat reduction group, leads on County Lines crime for West Yorkshire Police, manages international investigations and extradition requests and is coach and mentor to a number of officers and staff.

In March 2019 Carl was promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent and is currently serving as the Force Authorising Officer in respect of covert Policing for West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire and Humber ROCU.

Carl is married to a serving Police Officer and has 2 children, his hobbies include keeping fit, travel and reading.


Alisdair GillespieProfessor Alisdair Gillespie
Head of Law, Lancaster University
Tackling the taking and distribution of non-consensual sexual images in the mobile environment

Alisdair qualified as a barrister (Middle Temple) before returning to academia where he has taught at the universities of Durham, Teesside, De Montfort and now Lancaster. He specialises in criminal law, particularly cybercrime, and he is considered one of the key authorities on the law relating to child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Alisdair has published seven books and over 60 refereed articles. He has also contributed to a variety of media, including online, television and radio. He has worked closely with a number of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service on various issues around cybercrime, digital evidence and the law relating to sexual abuse and exploitation.

Alisdair has also provided advice to the Sentencing Council, Law Commission and Ministry of Justice on areas of his expertise. He regularly trains police officers, prosecutors and the judiciary throughout the world, including acting on behalf of the Council of Europe and EU.

Alisdair has acted as a trustee for a number of charities, and was formerly the chair of the Marie Collins Foundation, a charity that worked with victims of sexual exploitation.

He is patron of the Cybercrime Practitioners Association and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and the Global E-crime Prosecutors Network.


Helen SandersonHelen Sanderson
Head of Central Legal Training (CLTT), Crown Prosecution Service
The Code for Crown Prosecutors – ‘Getting the Threshold Test Right’

Helen joined the CLTT when established in November 2018, as Unit Head. The CLTT is responsible for ensuring prosecutors throughout the organisation are supported by providing relevant and quality legal training.

Over her time at CPS, Helen has delivered training to the Police on topics including disclosure, CCB and rape. She has also sat on the Y&H Rape Scrutiny Panel and presented at a number of victim support forums.

Helen was called to the Bar in 1999 and also later qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

Helen joined CPS Yorkshire and Humberside in 2002 following 2 years working in a Human Rights practice, specialising in Prison Law. Her first role was as a Crown Prosecutor on the Leeds Magistrates Unit, before promotion to Senior Crown Prosecutor and moving to the Bradford Crown Court Unit.

In 2004 Helen qualified as a Crown Advocate working across West Yorkshire and was the first CA in Area to undertake a Jury trial. During her time as a CA Helen prosecuted a variety of cases including serious assaults and RASSO.

Helen was promoted in 2006 to a District Crown Prosecutor and managed over a 12 year period a variety of teams across Yorkshire and Humberside, including magistrates, Crown Advocacy, Crown Court and RASSO Units. Helen was also the Area Disclosure Lead for 4 years. In 2008 Helen launched a joint protocol with WY Police, promoting better service to victims of rape and sexual offending.

Helen is a qualified Agile Project Manager and Mental Health Ally.

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