One of the country’s most distinguished lawyers, Baroness Kennedy was elevated to the House of Lords as a Life Peer (Labour) in 1997 and has been an active member since.
In her early career, she acted as junior counsel for child murderer Myra Hindley after she plotted to escape from prison. Later in her career, she acted in the Guildford Four appeal and Brighton bombing cases. She has also chaired an inquiry into sudden infant death in the aftermath of miscarriages of justice where mothers were wrongly convicted of murdering their babies.
She has also been a TV presenter and author, having written a number of books on law reform. She is a former chair of the Human Genetics Commission, which advises the government on ethical, social and legal issues in the field of genetic science.