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Joshua Rozenberg is Britain’s best-known commentator on the law. He was the BBC’s legal correspondent for 15 years before moving in 2000 to The Daily Telegraph, where he edited the paper’s legal coverage until the end of 2008. He writes for the London Evening Standard, the Law Society’s Gazette and again now presents the BBC 4 Radio 4 series, Law in Action.
Joshua is known for his independence, his authority and his ability to explain complicated legal issues with simplicity, clarity and wit. Because he trained as a lawyer before becoming a journalist, he is often the first port of call for broadcasters faced with a breaking legal story. Well respected by lawyers and the judiciary, he is frequently asked to chair or address legal conferences and other events. Joshua launched the popular BBC series Law in Action as its first presenter.
He has a particular interest in constitutional reform, dating back to his time as producer of The Week in Westminster on Radio 4. Freedom of expression is another of his interests, his most recent book being Privacy and the Press (OUP, 2004, updated 2005). Earlier books include Trial of Strength, which examined the tensions between ministers and judges under the last Conservative Government, The Search for Justice, an anatomy of the law in the mid-1990s and The Case for the Crown, which charted the launch of the Crown Prosecution Service.
After taking a law degree at Oxford he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1976. He holds four honorary doctorates in law from the University of Hertfordshire, Nottingham Trent University, University of Lincoln and the University of Law and is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
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