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Lord Ken Macdonald QC

Ken Macdonald QC is Warden of Wadham College Oxford and has practised at the Bar since 1978. A founder member of Matrix Chambers, and the first prominent defence lawyer to be appointed Director of Public Prosecutions, he was knighted for services to the law in 2007. He is a former Chair of the Criminal Bar Association, a past Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, previously Chair of Reprieve, the anti-death penalty organisation, and a Bencher of the Inner Temple. For several years he sat as a Recorder at the Central Criminal Court. In 2010, he became a Deputy High Court Judge and a member of the House of Lords, where he sits as a cross-bencher. Since 2015, he has been Chair of the Orwell Foundation, which awards the UK’s premier prizes for journalism and political writing. He became President of the Howard League in 2019.

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