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Sentencing principles for young adults

Lawyers Network: Preventing the criminalisation of children in care
  • Date: 30 Jan 2019

  • Location: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS

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Howard League lawyers’ network event

30 January 2019, 6–8pm

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS


A panel discussion with Ntale Eastmond, Professor Nathan Hughes, Mrs Justice McGowan and Quincy Whitaker, chaired by Edward Fitzgerald QC

The Howard League has developed a body of sentencing principles setting out the approach to be applied when sentencing young adults. The principles have been crafted in consultation with a multi-disciplinary advisory group and young people.

The panel will lead a discussion on the rationale behind the principles and developments in the field of sentencing young adults. Short presentations from our expert panel will be followed by opportunities for practitioners to contribute ideas.

The principles follow recent work by the Howard League, supported by the T2A – Transition to Adulthood Alliance at Barrow Cadbury Trust, including ‘Judging Maturity’ and ‘Making the case for sentencing principles for young adults’.


  • Edward Fitzgerald QC, Joint Head, Doughty Street Chambers
    Edward Fitzgerald QC specialises in criminal law, public law, judicial review and international human rights law. Edward has worked on many cases that have developed the law on sentencing. In June 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to human rights.
  • Ntale Eastmond, Young Adult Advisor on Criminal justice
    Ntale Eastmond is a member of the Young Adult Advisors on Criminal justice, a group of young adults with lived experience working alongside barrow Cadbury Trust and T2A alliance. Ntale is also a psychotherapeutic counsellor studying for MSc in cultural and global perspectives in mental healthcare.
  • The Honourable Mrs Justice McGowan, Sentencing Council
    Maura McGowan was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1980 and took Silk in 2001. She was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1997 and as a Recorder in 2000. In 2013 she became Chair of the Bar Council. She was appointed as a High Court Judge in 2014. She was appointed to the Sentencing Council on 2 January 2017.
  • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
    Laura Janes is legal director and a solicitor for the Howard League for Penal Reform specialising in prison law, public law and criminal appeals. Laura has worked with children and young people in penal detention for the past ten years. She specialises in representing children serving indeterminate sentences before the Parole Board. She completed a professional doctorate in youth justice in 2014.
  • Quincy Whitaker, Doughty Street Chambers
    Quincy Whitaker is a domestic and international criminal justice human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, called to the Bar in 1991. Quincy sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court.
  • Professor Nathan Hughes, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
    Nathan Hughes’ research focuses on social policy, criminology and developmental sciences. He has published extensively on the topic of criminal justice policy and practice.

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