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"Anatomy of a Protest"




Michelle Nelson QC

Michelle Nelson took Silk in 2019 and was Treasury Counsel between 2009 and 2016. She has prosecuted and defended in some of the most serious, difficult and high profile criminal cases. She has advised on appeals in death row cases in Trinidad, Jamaica and the U.S.

To view Michelle Nelson QC full website profile, please click here.

Ife Thompson (BLAM Charity)

Ife is a community- based activist, writer, and the founder of BLAM UK Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health UK and Black Protest Legal Support.
She was called to the bar March 2020 and has previously been a Family Law Advocate and an Education/criminal paralegal.

Marilyn Vitte

Marilyn is a tenant at Red Lion Chambers and practices exclusively in criminal defence. She was called to the Bar in 2010 and sits on the Equality and Diversity committee within chambers.

To view Ms Marilyn Vitte full website profile, please click here.

Bethan Rogers

Bethan Rogers is a barrister, specialising in serious crime. She has conducted many public order cases and receives regular instructions in large scale conspiracy cases, Bethan has also represented defendants in a number of protest cases, including a number relating to a series of protests relating to corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To view Bethan Rogers full website profile, please click here.

Georgia Lassoff

Georgia is a barrister who took tenancy in September 2019. She has conducted cases involving public order and violent offences and has successfully employed defences focusing on excessive use of force by the police. She has a background of activism. She is currently instructed in a judicial review challenging sex work criminalization. She attended the Black Lives Matter protests in London recently as a legal observer.

To view Georgia Lassoff full website profile, please click here.

Timothy Kiely

Tim Kiely was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 2014. In early 2015 he was an intern at the Capital Appeals Project, a legal non-profit based in New Orleans which worked on complex criminal appeals and campaigned more generally for the abolition of the death penalty in Louisiana. He is currently among counsel instructed by the Metropolitan Police as part of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and he has volunteered as a Legal Observer as part of the recent demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

To view Timothy Kiely full website profile, please click here.

Sailesh Mehta (Facilitator)

Sailesh Mehta writes about the law relating to protests. He has represented the lead demonstrator in the HS2 protests, and is currently representing members of a Vegan protest group charged with aggravated trespass at a Dolce and Gabanna store. He was one of the founding members of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

To view Sailesh Mehta (Facilitator) full website profile, please click here.

Daniel Robinson (Facilitator)

Daniel Robinson has extensive experience dealing with cases involving riot and violent disorder and was involved in multi-handed cases featuring clashes between the BNP and anti-fascists. Before he came to the Bar he worked in the NGO sector, based in Rwanda and Jamaica, specializing in human rights, prisons and death row. He attended the Black Lives Matter protests in London recently as a legal observer.

To view Daniel Robinson (Facilitator) full website profile, please click here.

Helena Spector (Facilitator)

Helena is a pupil barrister who began pupillage with Red Lion Chambers in September 2019. She has defended cases involving public disorder, assaults against police officers and plain clothes police officers who fail to adequately identify themselves. She has previously volunteered in the field of immigration and human rights in South Africa and the UK, assisting on cases involving Boko Haram, ethnic conflict in Sierra Leone and death row prisoners in Trinidad and Tobago.

2019 Lecture Archive

Last year the set launched a lecture series which is described as ‘unprecedented’ by clients: ‘These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.’

"Directors’ Liabilities and Disqualification"

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY, 13.30-14.30

By: Ruby Hamid, Partner Ashurst LLP
Rufus D’Cruz, Barrister Red Lion Chambers


Ruby Hamid,
Partner Ashurst LLP

Ruby is a global investigations and corporate crime practitioner, specialising in white-collar crime, financial regulation, global investigations and risk and compliance.

Ruby advises corporate clients across a wide range of matters. She is experienced in multi jurisdictional investigations and matters with multi-agency involvement and has defended clients under investigation for global corruption, serious fraud, direct and indirect tax fraud and money-laundering. Her career has involved prosecuting financial crime for the FCA, HMRC and CPS, defending corruption cases brought by the SFO, and litigating a broad range of regulatory and disciplinary cases.

Rufus D’Cruz, Barrister Red Lion Chambers

Rufus D’Cruz is an able, experienced leading junior who is instructed to prosecute and defend in serious, complex, multi-handed criminal, fraud, regulatory and international work.

The breadth of his practice both prosecuting and defending, has provided him with extensive experience of representing a wide range of clients, from those on death row to corporate clients and he has dealt with a wide range of witnesses from child and vulnerable witnesses to senior police officers, company directors, senior lawyers and expert witnesses in many specialisations. He is particularly adept and experienced at representing and advising corporate clients in relation to Health and Safety and Environment Agency offences, money laundering matters, production orders relating to special procedure material/LPP and corporate fraud.


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Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation The Red Lion Lecture series has moved online with a programme of exciting webinars scheduled over the next couple of months with leading guest speakers from the criminal and regulatory sector as well as senior members of RLC. Our webinars are all free, easily accessible, engaging and interactive and we are pleased to be able to welcome international audiences to participate as well.

Please check below for up to date information on upcoming Webinars and information on how to register.

We look forward to you joining us at what we anticipate will be an exciting and informative series.

"A Perspective from the Court of Appeal Criminal Division"

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE, 13.00-14.00 BST

By: Alix Beldam, Registrar of Criminal Appeals and Master The Crown Office
Tom Forster QC, Barrister, Red Lion Chambers
David Emanuel QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers


Alix Beldam,
Registrar of Criminal Appeals and Master The Crown Office

Alix was called to the Bar in 1981 by Inner Temple and became a Bencher of her Inn in 2019. She worked for the Court of Appeal Criminal Division for 25 years as a casework lawyer and then as a Senior Legal Manager and Deputy Registrar. She was appointed as Registrar of Criminal Appeals and Master of the Crown Office in 2019. She has spoken about the practice and procedure of the court at seminars and conferences and is co-author of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division: A Practitioner’s Guide. She is also a contributing editor to Archbold.

Tom Forster QC,
Barrister Red Lion Chambers

Tom Forster provides specialist representation and advice in serious and complex fraud and associated asset freezing / confiscation proceedings. In addition, he advises corporates and individuals upon self-reporting and corruption responsibilities. He practices in the public law sphere and in particular is instructed as a Special Advocate in the High Court / Administrative Court / SIAC in cases involving issues of national security and human rights.


David Emanuel QC,
Garden Court Chambers

David Emanuel is a specialist defence barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Although David regularly appears in the Crown Court in the most serious cases, it is as an appellate lawyer that he has made his name. David has been instructed in some of the most high-profile and important criminal appeal cases in recent years. He is frequently instructed to advise on the merits of out of time appeals where trial counsel has advised negatively and he is a regular in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.