AGM & Friends Dinner 2016 Speakers: Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman

Date: 18/05/16

Time: 6pm

Venue: Apothecaries Hall


“Extradition and Mental Disorder” “Is the existing law and procedure capable of achieving fairness for those with mental disorder?” Guest Speakers Mr Andrew Smith, Professor Nigel Eastman with comments from Professor Michael Kopelman The event will be chaired by the President of the Academy Mr Robert Brown. A Q & A discussion will follow the talks (Chatham House rules)

Mr Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator and Partner at leading criminal, fraud and regulatory firm Corker Binning. Andrew specialises in criminal litigation, particularly business crime, including tax fraud, market abuse, money laundering and corruption, numerous extradition cases, and regulatory inquiries involving the FCA and FRC. Andrew is Secretary to the Extradition Lawyers Association and is a committee member of the Fraud Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, the British Russian Law Association and Amnesty International. Andrew graduated from Cambridge University with an MPhil in International Relations. He trained at City firm Hogan Lovells before joining Corker Binning in 2007.

Professor Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman is Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry in the University of London and an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the National Health Service. He is both a doctor and a non-practising Member of the Bar, having been called in Gray’s Inn in 1976. He has extensive experience of clinical forensic psychiatry, assessing and treating patients with severe mental disorders who have committed serious offences and/or who are facing serious criminal charges. He has also carried out research and published widely on the relationship between law and psychiatry, including being first author of The Oxford Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has been an advisor to the Law Commission, as well as having other substantial experience of conducting work on public policy in relation to law and psychiatry, including giving evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees and being a member of the Death Penalty Expert Group of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has extensive experience of acting as an expert witness in both criminal and civil proceedings, in the UK and in other jurisdictions, including in relation to approximately 500 murder cases over the past thirty years, as well as a number of extradition cases, the cases often being high profile in nature; and he has, for twenty years, assessed, pro bono, many ‘death row’ appellants in Commonwealth jurisdictions. He has lectured to the judiciary for the Judicial College for England and Wales, recently in relation to new statutory provisions for ‘diminished responsibility’ and ‘loss of control’; as well as having trained judges in other jurisdictions and also members of the Bar in the UK and elsewhere. He is a member of Forensic Psychiatry Chambers and a nonpractising door tenant of Thomas Bingham Chambers.

Prfoessor Michale Kopelman

Michael Kopelman is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, King’s College London (Institute of Psychiatry), and he ran a Neuropsychiatry and Memory Disorders Clinic at St Thomas’s Hospital until March 2015. He has been co-editor/co-author of The Handbook of Memory Disorders, 2002; Lishman’s Organic Psychiatry, 2009; and Forensic Neuropsychology in Practice, 2009. He is a past-President of the British Neuropsychological Society, and the International Neuropsychiatric Association and the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, and he is President-elect of the International Neuropsychological Society. His clinical and research interests include the nature of retrograde amnesia, confabulation, and psychogenic amnesia. He has been providing expert witness reports since 1981, and his cases encompass a number of high profile criminal court, Appeal Court, SIAC, death row, and extradition cases

Mr Robert Brown

Robert Brown is President of the British Academy of Forensic Science. He is a highly respected criminal litigator and advocate and is a Partner at leading criminal, fraud and regulatory law firm Corker Binning. Robert has over 30 years’ experience of criminal work ranging from high profile fraud and corruption cases to extradition, regulatory and general criminal matters such as road traffic and homicide. Much of his work is international and, as the Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, he has particular knowledge and expertise of Russia. Robert studied law at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He is past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.

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