10.15-11.15am Judge’s Court

Britain’s only black chief constable and Chief Inspector of the CPS Michael Fuller (Kill the Black One First) and Alison Levitt QC, chief counsel to the CPS during the Savile Enquiry discuss whether the criminal justice system is fit for purpose.

Chaired by N.J. Cooper (author and former Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.)

Michael Fuller, QPM, MBA, LLM, Hon LLD

Britain’s first ever black Chief Constable, experienced a meteoric career in policing, from the beat to the Brixton inferno, through cutting edge detective work to the frontline of drug-related crime and violence on London’s most volatile estates. He took a pivotal role in the formation of Operation Trident, which tackled gun crime and gang warfare in the London community, and was later appointed as chief constable of Kent. is a raw and unflinching account of a life in policing during a tumultuous period of race relations throughout the UK. His memoir, Kill the Black One First is out now.


Alison Levitt QC is a criminal barrister. In 2009 she became Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions. In 2014 she became a partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya, where she established their white collar crime group. In 2018 she returned to self-employed practice.

Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford worked as a barmaid, legal secretary and clerk before qualifying as a barrister in 2005 and practicing in criminal and family law. In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law was published in 2018 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller.  It has been optioned by Working Title TV.  

N.J. Cooper

Natasha (NJ) Cooper has written so many novels that she has now retired.  Her first crime series featured Willow King/Cressida Woodruffe; her second, barrister Trish Maguire; and her third, forensic psychologist Karen Taylor.  She is now the crime critic of the Literary Review and she is a member of the programming committee for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.


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