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Dr Cerian Griffiths

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Initially graduating in Government from the London School of Economics, Cerian was called to the Bar in 2007 and went on to work for a number of prosecution agencies including the Serious Fraud Agency, the Financial Services Authority, and the Office of Fair Trading. Cerian taught criminal law and legal methods, and lectured in evidence law at Birkbeck College, University of London before taking up a lecturing position in law at the University of Warsaw.

Cerian was award her PhD in 2017, the title of which was ‘Prosecuting Fraud in the Metropolis, 1760-1820’. This thesis was carried out at the University of Liverpool as part of the AHRC funded project, The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925.

From 2017 to 2019, Cerian was a national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive)

Cerian is co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection: English Law and Colonial Connections: Histories, Parallels, and Influences (Routledge, 2022) 

Cerian is currently writing her monograph, Prosecuting London’s Fraudsters 1760-1820: Swindlers, Tricksters and the Law, (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2023)


Cerian Griffiths

Cerian’s research interests lie in all aspects of financial crime and the wider criminal justice system, including evidence and trial procedure from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian is particularly interested in the prosecution of financial crime, both historically and contemporary offences such as insider dealing and fraud against the NHS.

Cerian has established a strong research profile, publishing in the field of legal history on topics including the introduction of counsel to criminal trials and the legal profession. Cerian has also published on contemporary criminal doctrine and issues in contemporary criminal procedure including disclosure. Cerian has presented nationally and internationally on the prosecution of fraud in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Cerian has maintained a close connection with legal practice and is passionate about research impact and knowledge exchange, as demonstrated by her position as the national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive).

Cerian’s forthcoming publications concern the prosecution of fraud and financial crime from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian’s research is deeply inter-disciplinary, incorporating historical research with more traditional legal historical topics such as the doctrinal underpinnings of financial crime. 

Cerian is equally interested in modern-day financial crime and is leading a research project on responses to fraud within the NHS. Cerian is also currently writing and researching on criminal disclosure and the use of intercept evidence in criminal trials.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Getting People Thinking and Talking: An Exploration of the Attorney General’s 2020 Guidelines on Disclosure., Griffiths, C. 1 Oct 2022, In: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof
  • Intercepted communications as evidence: The Admissibility of Material Obtained from the Encrypted Messaging Service EncroChat: R v A, B, D & C [2021] EWCA Crim 128, Griffiths, C., Jackson, A. 1 Aug 2022, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • The law schools’ “easy win”? Improving law students’ experience through embedded and non-embedded writing support, Griffiths, C. 3 Jul 2021, In: The Law Teacher
  • Researching Eighteenth-Century Fraud in the Old Bailey: Reflections on Court Records, Archives, and Digitisation, Griffiths, C. 2 Apr 2020, In: Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Iuridica
  • The honest cheat: a timely history of cheating and fraud following Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67, Griffiths, C. 1 Jun 2020, In: Legal Studies
  • Advocacy in Criminal Trials, Griffiths, C. 21 Jun 2017, A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Bristol, Policy Press
  • Legal representation, Griffiths, C. 21 Jun 2017, A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Bristol, Policy Press
  • Sharia and Beth Din courts in the UK: is legal pluralism nothing more than a necessary political fiction?, Griffiths, C. 2014, In: Studia Iuridica Toruniensia
  • The Prisoners’ Counsel Act 1836: Doctrine, Advocacy and the Criminal Trial, Griffiths, C. Jul 2014, In: Law, Crime and History

Cormac McCarthy 'Why White Collar Crime Undermines Society. Where are the prosecutors ? ' Note Paper 3 Literature Review sent to directly to Cerian Griffiths. Start Date: 13/09/2021

  • Not Specified PhD December 01 2017
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2020

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