• College's first Podcast Series ends on a high note with Keir Starmer and Shami Chakrabarti interviews

    23 November 2009

    The College of Law has concluded its popular series of podcasts looking at topical legal issues by interviewing two of the most high-profile figures in the UK’s legal arena, Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty.

    The interview with Keir Starmer, which went live on the College’s website today (Monday, November 23), examines the role of the DPP, the future of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the opportunities it offers for law students and qualified lawyers wishing to join it.

    Starmer also discusses the policy that he recently produced explaining the factors that the CPS takes into account when deciding whether or not to prosecute in cases of assisted suicide. In addition he talks about the increase in solicitor advocates doing defence work and the growing number of in-house prosecutors within the CPS.

    The interview with Shami Chakrabarti, which wraps up the current series of podcasts, will go live on Monday, November 30. Chakrabarti gives her thoughts on why the Human Rights Act is so important and outlines Liberty’s key role in the successful campaign to defeat proposals to increase the period that terror suspects could be held without charge to 42 days.

    She also discusses the role of the judiciary in upholding democratic values and gives advice to young lawyers interested in working within the field of human rights and civil liberties.

    Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “Our first series of podcast has been extremely successful, providing insights into the legal profession from some of its most influential figures and forming a valuable resource for law students, qualified lawyers and non-lawyers alike. It is fitting that the series is rounded off with these fascinating interviews featuring Keir Starmer and Shami Chakrabarti."

    Other interviewees in the series have included Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society; Jenny Rowe, Chief Executive of the new UK Supreme Court; Sir Nigel Knowles, joint CEO and managing partner of DLA Piper; prominent barrister Simon Myerson QC and Professor Stephen Mayson, director of The College of Law’s Legal Services Policy Institute.

    The interviews are conducted by Mike Semple Piggot, who writes the well-known ‘Charon QC’ legal blog.

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).