Patrons

The Trust is fortunate to have a number of patrons from a variety of professions including the Bar, the judiciary, the business and acting worlds. Their support is much valued and appreciated.

Martin Shaw
Patron & Vice President

Martin needs no introduction. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. He has also acted extensively on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators. His most recent stage production was Hobson’s Choice. Notwithstanding his heavy work commitments, Martin generously gives his time to appear in Kalisher theatre productions.

Anthony Arlidge, QC
Patron

Anthony is an original co-author of Arlidge and Eady on Contempt of Court and remains the leading co-author of Arlidge and Parry on Fraud, a leading practitioner text in the field. In the past he has concentrated on high profile murder cases, such as the prosecution of Jeremy Bamber for multiple murders. He has defended successfully in a number of SFO cases.

His Honour Brian Barker, CBE, QC
Patron

From February 2013 to January 2015, His Honour Brian Barker served as the Recorder of London, the most senior permanent judge in the Central Criminal Court. In May 2016, he was appointed to the dual role of Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee on Protection and Independent Reviewer of National Security Arrangements in Northern Ireland.  In December 2016 he became the first Judicial Panel Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority.

The Honourable Mrs. Justice Carr
Patron

Appointed a QBD High Court Judge in 2013, Mrs. Justice Carr was chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and of the BSB Conduct Committee. She was also Complaints Commissioner at the ICC in the Hague.  She sits in the Commercial and Technology and Construction Court.

The Honourable Mrs. Justice Cheema-Grubb
Patron

In 2015 Mrs. Justice Cheema-Grubb became the first Asian woman to be appointed a High Court Judge.  Whilst Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey she chaired an Advocacy Training Council working group that produced the report “Raising the Bar: The Handling of Vulnerable Witnesses, Victims and Defendants in Court”.

Dr. Camilla Darling
Patron

Camilla is Head of the Arts & Sciences Research Office at King’s College, London. She has a PhD in medieval courtly poetry, and has worked in both the public and private sectors before moving into Higher Education.  As a Kalisher Trustee she set up the advocacy skills programme with Jo Ouston & Co.

Raymond Fearon
Patron

Ray is a British actor of stage, theatre and film. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has worked extensively with the Donmar, Almeida, National, Young Vic, Globe and Royal Exchange theatres. His many film appearances include: Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet, The Hooligan Factory, The Foreigner, Lulu and Jimi, and The Yellowbirds. He has also appeared on numerous television productions and generously supports the Kalisher Trust in their theatre productions.

Christopher Hancock, QC
Patron

Christopher Hancock QC is joint Head of Chambers at 20 Essex Street and has sat as a deputy High Court Judge since 2008. Specialising in contractual disputes, commercial and shipping law, he has appeared before Courts at all levels, including the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council.

His Honour Judge Hilliard, QC
Patron

His Honour Judge Hilliard QC is the Recorder of London, the most senior permanent judge in the Central Criminal Court. He is Vice President of the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund, a prison charity, and Patron of the Ben Kinsella Trust which helps raise awareness of the effects of knife crime.

Kim Hollis, QC
Patron

A former Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Kim is also the Director of Public Prosecutions in the British Virgin Islands.

His Honour Stephen Kramer, QC
Patron

Called to the Bar in 1970 His Honour Stephen Kramer, QC  initially had a common law practice at 10 King’s Bench Walk before moving to 1 Hare Court where his practice was exclusively in crime. Appointed a QC in 1995 he became Head of Chambers at 1 (now 2) Hare Court in 1996 upon the untimely death of Michael Kalisher QC. A previous Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association he became a Circuit Judge in 2003. In 2005 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge sitting at the Central Criminal Court until his retirement in July 2017.

The Right Honourable Lady Justice Macur, DBE PC
Patron

In November 2012 Dame Julia was appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice to lead the Macur Review set up to investigate the terms of the Waterhouse Inquiry into the North Wales child abuse scandal.  Appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal in 2013, she is President of The National Justice Museum.

His Honour Judge Marks, QC
Patron

His Honour Judge Richard Marks, QC was formerly a barrister on the Northern Circuit of which he was leader from 2008-2010. In 2012 he was appointed as a Judge in the Central Criminal Court, and in 2015 he became the Common Serjeant of London, the second senior position at that court.

Nicholas Purnell, QC
Patron

Head of Cloth Fair Chambers, Nicholas’ career at the Bar spans over four decades. He has covered every area of criminal and criminal-related law. He practices predominantly in commercial and business crime and in regulatory and professional disciplinary matters.

Joshua Rozenberg, QC (hon)
Patron

Joshua is a legal commentator and journalist. He began his career in journalism in 1975 at the BBC, launching Law in Action on Radio 4 in 1984. At the BBC he worked as a producer, reporter and then legal correspondent. Between 2000 and 2008 he was the legal affairs editor for the Daily Telegraph. Now a freelance journalist, he writes regular columns for the Law Society Gazette and Legal Cheek. He holds a number of honorary doctorates in law.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Soole
Patron

Mr. Justice Soole is a former Chair of the Technology and Construction Bar Association. Appointed to the High Court in November, 2015 he is a governing Bencher of the Inner Temple.

David Whittaker
Patron

David is an experienced practitioner specialising in the fields of business crime and financial services; criminal defence; criminal regulatory; inquests and public inquiries and professional discipline. He delivers training in relation to criminal and regulatory matters and has written the UK fraud chapter for a City law firm.