Barrister and Speaker
I am a barrister. I was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 1988.
I am a recognised authority on electronic signatures and digital evidence.
I am licensed for Direct Public Access. I accept instructions from solicitors, law officers of governments, company secretaries and corporate counsel.
I am a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Tartu, Estonia
I am a member of:
The IT Panel of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales
The scientific committee of Tech and Law Center, a research center of the University of Insubria (Como)
Society for Advanced Legal Studies
LLM at the University of Oslo, Norway, ‘Admissibility of computer evidence in Tanzania’ (2006)
PhD at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, England, ‘A Proposal for the Protection of Digital Databases in Sri Lanka’ (2013)
PhD at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, entitled ‘Authentication of Electronic Evidence’ (2015)
PhD at the School of Law, University of Aberdeen, entitled ‘Challenging the presumption of reliability of social networking website evidence under US law’ (2018)
I established the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review in 2004, which brings articles, legal developments and case reports to academics, practitioners and the industry in relation to digital evidence and electronic signatures from across the world. It is the leading journal on the topic for judges, lawyers and scholars across the globe, and is now an open source journal.
In 2016, I published a Draft Convention on Electronic Evidence.
I was invited by the National Notary Association of the United States of America to help draft the Model Notary Act (1 January 2010).
I organized, in cooperation with MIS Training Institute, the first International conference on digital evidence held at the Vintners’ Hall, London 26 and 27 June 2008. The papers were published in the 2008 issue of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review.
I have taken part in the following European Union projects:
- Admissibility of electronic evidence in court (AEEC) project
- European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence (ECCE)
- e-Newsletter dealing with the topic of cybercrime (I was the editor responsible for Jurisprudence and Events)
I have revised my Draft Regulation on Friday Afternoon Presents by extending the jurisdiction, given the events in the UK in 2016.
I am currently working on the second espionage novel as a follow-on to The World’s a Minefield.
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