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Helena Ann Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (1950-), Barrister, broadcaster and writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
One of Britain's most distinguished lawyers, Kennedy has practised in the field of criminal law for over forty years and acted in many prominent cases, including the Brighton bombing trial and the Guildford Four appeal. During the 1980s she wrote and broadcast on the discrimination experienced by women as lawyers and users of the law. In 1987, she created the BBC television series Blind Justice and presented Heart of the Matter. Her publications include the award-winning book Eve was Framed (1992) and Just Law (2004). An authority on violence against women and children, Kennedy has worked to reform the legal profession's attitude to gender equality and minority access. She has been a Queen's Counsel since 1991 and was created a life peer in 1997.