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Harriet Wistrich: Sister in Law

19 May @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm


For more than quarter of a century, solicitor, founder and director of the Centre for Women’s Justice, Harriet Wistrich has fought the corner of people from all walks of life let down by our justice system. She will be sharing stories from a remarkable legal career at the forefront of some historic and ground-breaking legal victories. Frequently working with women who have survived male violence or abuse, sometimes with the bereaved families of those who did not survive, Wistrich’s work has led her to challenge the police, CPS, government departments and the prison and immigration detention system. She talks to author and human rights lawyer, Anna Mazzola.

Harriet Wistrich is the founder and director of the Centre for Women’s Justice and a solicitor of over 25 years’ experience. She has worked for many years with civil liberties firm Birnberg Peirce, acting in many high-profile cases around violence against women, including on behalf of women who challenged the police and parole board in the John Worboys case, women deceived in relationships by undercover police officers and women appealing murder convictions for killing abusive partners. She is also a founder member of the campaign group Justice for Women. Among other accolades, she was named Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2014, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 for public law and Law Society Gazette personality of the year 2019, and awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by Kent University in 2022.

Anna Mazzola is the award-winning and bestselling author of four Gothic historical novels. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, won an Edgar Allan Poe award. Her third novel, The Clockwork Girl, set in 18th century Paris, has been nominated for two CWA Dagger awards as well as the Dublin Literary award. Her fourth novel, The House of Whispers, a ghost story set in Fascist Italy, reached number 7 in the Saturday Times Chart and was is a Sunday Times historical fiction pick for 2023. Her novels explore the impact of crime and injustice and her influences include Sarah Waters, Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson. Anna also writes legal thrillers under the name Anna Sharpe, the first of which will be published in 2024. When not writing or tutoring, Anna is a human rights and criminal justice solicitor, working with victims of crime. She lives in South London with her husband, their two children, a snake and a cat.

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