Helena Kennedy QC is one of the United Kingdoms most distinguished lawyers. She has practiced at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Seige, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettany Espionage case, the Jihadist fertiliser bomb plot, and the transatlantic bomb plot.
She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women's syndrome in the British courts. She was also the leading voice for equal opportunities in the legal profession for women.
She authored a number of books on law reform, wrote the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well known broadcaster on law and ethics during the eighties, presenting the BBC's Heart of the Matter.
She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has been a member of the House of Lords for 16 years, where she sits on the Joint Committee of Human Rights, and is now Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford.
She is Chair of Justice and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Institute of Human Rights. She has received 37 honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has also been honoured by the Governments of France and Italy.