04th July 2019


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

DNA Evidence: What's On The Horizon, And How To Deal With It
Thursday 4th July, 6.30pm to 7.45pm followed by drinks (registration from 6.00pm)
53-54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

The significance of DNA evidence in criminal trials cannot be overstated, particularly at a time when rapid advances are being made in forensic DNA analysis of complex 'trace' mixtures, making it easier for the police to identify and prosecute suspects. Case law such as the decisions of the Court of Appeal in FNC [2016] 1. Cr.App.R. 13 and Tsekiri [2017] 1 Cr.App.R. 32 makes it ever more important for defence practitioners to engage with the subtleties of DNA evidence in order to pursue effective strategies at trial.

Doughty Street is delighted to have Dr Georgina Meakin, Associate Professor at the Centre for the Forensic Sciences at University College London, as our guest speaker at this special DNA seminar. She will be discussing her recently published research into DNA transfer and the impact of new DNA analysis techniques (Next Generation Sequencing) which recently secured the conviction of a previously acquitted defendant in the Netherlands. Such technology looks soon to be used by police in the UK.

This event will be chaired by Rebecca Trowler QC, joint leader of our Criminal Law and Appeals team, with David Bentley QC and Kate O’Raghallaigh providing updates on recent law and procedure relevant to DNA evidence to help arm solicitors defend their clients in cases involving increasingly complex science.

We hope you will be able to join us, and stay after the talk for some drinks to welcome the summer.

For a ticket please email events@doughtystreet.co.uk 

Chair: Rebecca Trowler QC 


Dr Georgina Meakin, Associate Professor (Centre for the Forensic Sciences, University of London)
David Bentley QC
Kate O'Raghallaigh


Thursday 4th July 2019


Registration 18:00
Start 18:30
Finish 19:45

Followed by drinks & networking


Doughty Street Chambers
54 Doughty Street