Penny's research spans criminal and family law and she has a
particular interest in adaptations which enable effective
participation. Her expertise includes advocacy, cross-examination,
witness familiarisation, expert evidence, ground rules hearings and
special measures for vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She is
particularly interested in the justice system's approach to those
who are at risk or 'vulnerable' (including those with autism and
Aspergers Syndrome). Penny is widely published and cited.
Background and Expertise
Penny practised as a barrister for over ten years before moving
into academia in 2002. She is an academic associate at 39 Essex
Chambers, chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC.
She was appointed a professor of law at City University in 2009
where she is now a visiting professor. Penny co-founded and chairs
the practitioners' leading website 'The Advocate's Gateway', part
of The Advocacy Training Council.
She designs and leads all Registered Intermediary training and
lectures internationally to lawyers and judges on the use of
intermediaries. She is currently co-editing (with HHJ Norton) a
book on vulnerability in the criminal justice system, due to be
published by OUP in 2016.