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Mrs Helen J Murray-Edwards

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8161




Personal profile

Helen is a senior lecturer in law, specialising in teaching and researching criminal law, evidence and courtroom advocacy.

Helen practiced at the Bar between 1994 and 2006 and taught at Nottingham Law School between 2006 and 2017.

Outside work Helen enjoys cycling, yoga and pilates.

Research group affiliations

Law School institute of evidence based law reform

Publications and outputs

Book chapter

Stokoe, E., Edwards, D., & Edwards, H. “No comment” responses to questions in police investigative interviews. In S. Ehrlich, D. Eades, & J. Ainsworth (Eds.), Coercion and consent in the legal system. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.


When Misconduct in Public Office is Really a Sexual Offence. Sjölin, Edwards. The Journal of Criminal Law, vol. 81, Issue 4, pp. 292 – 302

A series of six articles for Young Lawyer (part of the Solicitors’ Journal) on Advocacy, commencing 2013 – Helen Edwards and Jeremy Robson

Nottingham Law Journal, Caging the green-eyed monster – Restrictions on the use of sexual infidelity as a defence to murder, Volume 21 (2012) – Helen Edwards and Jeremy Robson

Law Society Gazette, Common Cause, 16th February 2012 – Helen Edwards and Jeremy Robson

Article on ‘Application of Regulation 1206/2001 on the Taking of Evidence across Member States for the European Commission’ (January 2012) – Helen Edwards and Matthew Homewood

Research interests/expertise

Helen's research is into the admissibility of evidence in criminal proceedings, including an analysis of the law but also via interdisciplinary research with a view to develop courtroom advocacy to overcome barriers to justice, increasing social mobility and widening access to justice.

Areas of teaching

Evidence, criminal law and advocacy, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Accredited Mediator

Advocacy Training Council – accredited advocacy tutor


LLB (Hons) Law

Courses taught

Evidence, Criminal Law, postgraduate legal skills

Membership of professional associations and societies

Higher Education Authority, Fellow

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Member

Consultancy work

Bar Standards Board - standard setter for BPTC criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing

Bar Standards Board External Examiner for BPTC options subjects

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