Lord Carlile of Berriew QC

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC

Year of Call: 1970 (Silk 1984)

Inn of Court: Queen's Counsel

Appointments
– CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to national security
– Deputy High Court Judge (sits in the Administrative Court)
– Recorder of the Crown Court
– Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (2001-2011)
– Independent Reviewer of National Security arrangements in Northern Ireland
– Chair, Northern Ireland Committee on Protection
– Chair, Competition Appeal Tribunal
– President of the Howard League for Penal Reform 2006-2012
– President, The Security Institute
– Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust
– Chairman, Living and Dying Well (Public policy ‘think tank’ whose aim is to promote reasoned discussion and to publish evidence-based information on the laws relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide)
– Chairman of Lloyd’s Enforcement Board (Lloyd’s of London)
– Patron of No Panic (Charity assisting those suffering from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, other related anxiety disorders)
– Patron of Concord Prison Trust (Charity dedicated to prison education and rehabilitation through self knowledge)
– Trustee of the White Ensign Association (Naval Charity)
– Member of Council, Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College
– Lay member of the General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999 and former Chairman of the GMC’s committee to improve procedure in conduct cases
– Deputy Chief Steward, City of Hereford
– Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford (1994 – 2009)
– Non-executive director of the listed major agricultural merchanting company, Wynnstay Group plc, since 1998.
– Director: SC Strategy Ltd

Practice Areas and Specialisations
Lord Carlile’s practice is focused upon serious crime, local government and public law, including licensing and planning and professional discipline (including medical and associated professions).

He has a particular interest in issues relating to parliamentary privilege and conduct.

He specialises in the civil and criminal aspects of major commercial fraud cases, generally involving tens of millions of pounds, and he has appeared in many leading criminal cases.

He is currently engaged by a leading firm specialising in white collar crime in an alleged tax avoidance fraud involving the trade of large numbers of high-value carbon credits.

He has an interest in proscription (banned organisations) and offers advice to such organisations. He has recently been advising a foreign political organisation of its legal status in the USA. On instructions and working closely with American lawyers he made representations to the US government lawyers and officials regarding the organisation’s legal status.

Lord Carlile also has a particular interest in mental health issues, was a co-founder of the Welsh charity Rekindle and has chaired the Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament on mental health legislation.

As the President of the Howard League for Penal Reform, he chaired the 2006 inquiry into the use of physical restraints, strip searching and seclusion of children in custody.

He is a co-founder of the British Hungarian Criminal Policy Symposium (this was an initiative between Lord Carlile and leading academics at Eotvos Lorand University Budapest. It assisted the Hungarian legal system out of the Soviet era, for example playing a part in the establishment of a probation service there.)

Lord Carlile is qualified to receive instructions through direct professional access.

Education and Qualifications
Epsom College
LL.B, AKC Kings College London
Honorary L.LD Manchester Metropolitan University
Honorary LL.D ‚Ē¨–ľUniversity of Glamorgan
Honorary LL.D Hungarian Institute of Criminology
Fellow of Kings College London
Visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St Anthony’s College Oxford, 2011

Memberships
Criminal Bar Association
FIALS
ALBA
1983 – 1997 Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire
1999 – Member of the House of Lords
Door Tenant at Linenhall Chambers, Chester
Door Tenant at St Johns Buildings, Manchester and Liverpool

Languages
Some French