Who We Are

Introducing the Future Justice Project

The Future Justice Project was set up by Barry Sherman MP, Dr Jon Robins, Glyn Maddocks KC, and Sue James. 

Barry is the Labour (Co-op) Member of Parliament for Huddersfield and has been an MP since 1979. He has chaired parliamentary select committees, parliamentary investigations and All-Party Parliamentary Groups. 

Throughout his parliamentary career, Barry has been committed to reforming our criminal justice system as well as campaigning to highlight the plight of the wrongly convicted which ultimately led to him setting up the APPG on Miscarriages of justice with Sir Bob Neill in 2017.  Barry has a long history of law reform and campaigning – he was chair of the House of Commons’ Select Committee on Education and Skills (2001 to 2007) and chair of the Children, Schools and Families Committee (2007 to 2010).

Glyn is a human rights lawyer who in 2020 was made honorary King’s Counsel in recognition of his expertise in miscarriages of justice. Glyn has acted in many ground-breaking cases over the last 20 years (Tony Stock, Oliver Campbell, Paul Blackburn, Jonny Kamara). He helped set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice, the legal charity APPEAL which investigates wrongful convictions. Glyn was also a member of the Law Society’s human rights committee.

Jon is a journalist and a lecturer in criminology at Brighton University. He has written about the law and justice for the national papers including the Guardian, Observer, Times, the Independent and Independent on Sunday for over 20 years. He has written a number of books including Justice in a Time of Austerity (Bristol University Press, 2023 – with Dan Newman); and two on miscarriages of justice, Guilty Until Proven Innocent: the crisis in our justice system (Biteback, 2018) and The first miscarriage of justice: the amazing & unreported case of Tony Stock (Waterside Press, 2014).

Sue James is the CEO of the Legal Action Group. She was previously director and housing solicitor at Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre and a founding trustee at Ealing Law Centre. She won the outstanding achievement award at the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Research and administrative support on the FJP is undertaken by Abdallah Barakat, pupil barrister at 9 Park Place Chambers and Ana Santos Reis.

The photographs above come from the the launch of The First Miscarriage of Justice in 2014. Glyn and Barry supported Tony Stock’s fight for justice for more than 30 years and Jon wrote the book. Sadly, Tony died on November 29, 2012. He spent 43 years fighting to clear his name – his case went to the Court of Appeal on four separate occasions and the European Court of Human Rights. It is one of two cases to have been been referred a second time by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. His flight continues and an application was sent to the CCRC in 2017.   

Partners

We work closely with other organisations and individuals in the justice system. We are grateful for our supporters in Parliament: Lord Tony Woodley, Mr Bob Neil MP, Mr Andy Slaughter MP, and Ms Kim Johnson MP. 

Launch of Guilty Until Proven Innocent book – and the first meeting of the APPG (June 25, 2018)

 

We are also grateful for the support of the Cardiff University Law School Innocence Project and Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA).

We are grateful to be funded by the partners at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP under the leadership of Mr Jason Glover and Mr Nicholas Shaw.