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Britain's banks had to be bailed out because they were too big to fail. But are the bankers too big to jail? On the first programme of the spring 2014 series of Law in Action, I asked the director of the Serious Fraud Office why we haven't yet seen any banking executives in the dock. Also in the programme: why a judge had to stop the trial of the man accused of the Hyde Park bombing; and what will happen to anyone on trial when defence lawyers, who are protesting about legal aid cuts, take off their wigs and walk out of court.

On programe two, I asked the Attorney General whether we would soon see jurors in the dock. Also in that edition, I heard about a new scheme to help litgants in person who turn up at the Chancery Division of the High Court and asked whether anyone could carry out a citizen's arrest of Tony Blair.

Programme three explored cameras in court, manorial rights and the differences between Scots law and English law.

The final programme in the series looked at trust in the police. It was recorded in front of an audience in Liverpool.

Law in Action will be back for a new series in June.

I took part in a conversation with Conor Gearty on 16 January 2014 at the London School of Economics. You can download an audio or video recording here.

The previous series of Law in Action began in October 2013 with a full-length and revealng interview with the attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC MP. In the last programme of the series, on November 5, I interviewed the president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, becoming the first journalist to do so since the creation of the court; it was set up 13 years ago to hear complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. An extended version of my interview with Mr Justice Burton can be heard on the programme website

I was invited by the European Commission to deliver an introductory speech at a major conference in Brussels in November 2013. It was aimed at "shaping justice policies in Europe for the years to come". The other introductory speakers were ministers of justice, past and present. You can read my remarks here and watch the video (with translations into other languages if you prefer).

I chaired a debate on legal aid for the Bar Council on June 18, 2013. It runs for just over an hour and you can watch the video here.

I was gratified to find that I was the only journalist to be included in the Times Law 100 list of most inflential lawyers for 2012. There was no  list in 2013.

I started tweeting in January 2011 and now have more than 22,000 followers. I use Twitter both to break stories (such as judicial appointments) and to alert readers to my work published elsewhere. 

Nottingham Trent University awarded me an honorary LLD in July 2012 for what the dean of the law school described as my "highly significant contribution to the scrutiny and understanding of the law and the legal system". This was my second honorary degree; the first was from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999.

I write weekly for the the Guardian's online law page. You can read my columns here. I also write a column twice a month for the Law Society Gazette.

My Telegraph blog is an archive of the online work I did for that paper until I left at the beginning of 2009.

My book Privacy and the Press has been published in a Chinese translation by the China Legal Publishing House. The ISBN is 978-7-5093-3455-3 and you can buy it here. Note the list of chapter headings towards the bottom of the page: one was untranslatable.

My email and postal addresses can be found at the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

2 April 2014