John Gordon COOPER

Biography

Gender Male
Titles N/A
Birthdate 1958-09-15
Education Regis Comp Sch, Univ of Newcastle upon Tyne (LLB, Butterworth Prize, Badminton blue), Cncl of Legal Educn
Books & Publications Publications Planning and Environmental Law Bulletin (1991), Police and Criminal Evidence Act (2000), Judicial Review (2000), Cruelty - An Analysis of Article 3 (2000), The Courts Bill (2003), Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (2004), Encyclopedia of Data Protection & Privacy (co-editor, 2004-), Animal Abuse and Human Violence (2009), Inquests (2010)
Recreations photography, working out, football, the English Civil War
Clubs Chelsea Arts, Groucho, Home House, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Royal Gibraltar Yacht
Style John Cooper, Esq
Career writer, barrister and broadcaster (in practice 25 Bedford Row London, named in Bar Nat Directory as one of the most highly regarded and leading barristers in London (top 40)); called to the Bar Middle Temple 1983 (advocacy trainer 2009-, bencher 2012), called to the Aust Bar NSW 1989 and Victoria 2014, lawyer Clifford Chance 1989, chief counsel to the Statute Law Revision Soc 2002-14, sr prosecutor for Attorney-General 2003-07, called to the Gibraltar Bar 2013; cases incl: defended in Leah Betts Ecstasy trial, employees rep BCCI litigation, Lord Ahmed vs Govt regarding privacy action, rep families in Deepcut Barracks case, appeal advsr in Jill Dando case, appeal advsr in R vs Whitewind (infanticide) case, advsr to families in Hercules and Nimrod aircraft cases v Govt, represents small shareholders in Northern Rock litigation, defended in R v Page (Buckingham Palace fraud) 2009, advising in appeal against conviction of Dr Crippen 2010, Dr David Kelly Judicial Review 2011, Twitter Joke Trial, Occupy St Paul's, R v Marrache (significant int fraud) 2013-14, representing family of deceased Jacintha Saldahna (nurse at King Edward VII Hosp) 2014; advised Law Cmmn on reform of the law of murder 2007 and expert evidence 2008, provided evidence to House of Lords Select Ctee on Communications Regarding Social Media 2014; legal advsr to: Lab Pty 1994-2003, Treasy 1997-2003 (Shadow Treasy 1993-97), Louise Woodward Campaign, Manjit Basuta Campaign 1999, FO 2003-; advsr to Slovakian oppn in Gen Election, advsr to Shadow AG and Shadow Slr-Gen 2014-, special advsr to Home Affairs Select Ctee 2015; judicial cmmr Children First Cmmn 2000-02; sec Lab Media Ctee; memb: Bar Cncl (co-opted) 1981-84 and 2000-14, Bar Human Rights Ctee 2002-, Bar Working Pty on Broadcasting in the Courtroom (co-author of paper), Coroners and Justice Bill 2009; Criminal Bar Assoc spokesperson Bar Cncl 2003-13, vice-chair Bar Cncl Public Affrs Ctee 2008-10; leading lawyer The Times Law Panel 2009-, dir of media Halsbury Law Exchange 2009-; memb: Fundraising Ctee Sheriffs and Recorders Fund for Ex-Offenders 2008-, Bar Conference Organising Bd 2008-, Bd of Tstees Prisoners of Conscience 2011-, Advsy Bd Law Faculty Newcastle Univ 2014-, Advsy Bd Big Brother Watch 2015-; chm Advsy Bd Trust the Market 2013-; visiting prof of law Cardiff Univ 2011; commended Barrister of the Year Lawyer Awards 1998, shortlisted Human Rights Barrister of the Year 2008, cited Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 2008, Lawyer of the Year Political and Public Life Awards 2015; contested (Lab): Surrey NW 1987, Amber Valley 1992; cncllr Watford 1990-94; pres and chm Nat Exec League Against Cruel Sports 1995- (memb 1992-), fell Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics 2008; memb Civic Theatre Tst Palace Theatre Watford 1991; academic advsr: London Law Review 2006-, UCL Jurisprudence Review 2007-; fndr creative writing course Poly of Central London (now Univ of Westminster) 1984, ed Criminal Bar Quarterly 1999-, memb Editorial Bd Wildlife Guardian (BBC Magazine of the Year 1998), memb Editorial Bd Catalyst (political think-tank) 1999-2014, bi-weekly columnist Justis.com 1999-2004, columnist The Times 1999-2009, feature writer Sunday Express 2004-, columnist New Law Jl 2007-, writer The Observer 2008-, conslt ed Criminal Law & Justice Weekly 2010-, columnist The Independent 2013-; writer: The Cure (Royal Court Theatre), Burning Point (Tricycle Theatre Kilburn), The Cured (Finborough Arms Theatre), The Law Lord (Screen Two film, BBC), The Advocates (3 part drama, Scottish TV), The Bill (contrib, Thames), Cutting Loose (LWT), Too Few to Mention (Channel 4), The Trial of Charles Stuart (Globe Theatre), To the Death (Bush Theatre); contrib: Legal Eagles (BBC Radio WM), Presenter (BBC Radio), The Talking Show (Channel 4), Street Legal (Channel 4), Talkback (Sky TV), The Moral Maze (Radio 4), Kangaroo Court (Endemol), Teens on Trial (Channel 4), Law in Action (BBC Radio 4), presenter Mindfield (BBC), Newsnight Special: Trial of the Allies (co-presenter, BBC) 2006, The Trial of Dick Turpin (Five), In My View (Al-Jazeera) 2010, Reunion (Radio 4) 2011, panellist Any Questions (Radio 4) 2013, guest Unreliable Evidence (Radio 4) 2014; res diarist The Lawyer 1992-2002, various TV appearances as legal expert; assoc prodr Zenith North; Freeman City of London (Coopers Co) 2013; FRSA 2009
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