Publications & Team

Current Research

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.