Miranda Bevan was awarded a PhD in Social Policy by LSE in 2019. Her doctoral research explored the experience of children and young people detained as suspects in the police station in England and Wales. The study broke new ground as the first empirical work in England and Wales focusing on the child’s perspective of police detention, and she is frequently invited to present her research to government departments, policing networks and non-governmental organisations.
She is working in 2020 with the Independent Custody Visitors Association to support their national thematic focus on children in police custody. She has also worked with the Howard League for Penal Reform and Just for Kids Law in the creation of a step by step guide for practitioners representing looked-after children at the police station. Read here.
Miranda has a legal background, having practised as a criminal barrister (at 2 Hare Court, Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC, 2000-2012) before coming to academia. In criminal law she is known for her work on unfitness to plead and mental condition defences. She spent two years at the Law Commission as lawyer with responsibility for the Unfitness to Plead Report which was published in 2016. She continues to produce academic work in this area.
Most recently Miranda spent 12 months as a Policy Associate at the Howard League for Penal Reform, where she led on a project to reduce the imprisonment of women. The project has produced two policy briefings: Reset: Rethinking remand for women (Read here) and For their own protection?: The case for repeal (on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System) (publication late October 2020).
Bevan, M., Ormerod, D., Magor, S. (2020) Time to dispense with the mute of malice procedure Crim. L.R. 10, 912-930.
Bevan, M. (2020) Young suspect perspectives: An exploration of the factors affecting the uptake of legal advice by children in police custody, Crim L.R. 8, 686-706.
Bevan, M. (2020) Making it work? The case of Roberts and uneven progress in the reform of unfitness to plead procedures, Crim. L.R. 3, 215-222.
Bevan, M (2014) Unfitness to Plead in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, CL & J, Vol.178, June 7 2014.
Bevan, M. (2020) Case Commentary: Rochaun Archer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 1567 (QB) (forthcoming Crim.L.R issue 12).
Bevan, M. (2017) Breathing new life into the insanity defence?: Case Analysis Aline Loake v Crown Prosecution Service  EWHC 2855 (Admin), Blackstone’s Quarterly Update, 2, 2018, p18.
Bevan, M. and Ormerod D. (2018) Chapter 4: Reforming the Law of Unfitness to Plead in England and Wales: A Recent History, in Fitness to Plead: International and Comparative Perspectives, (2018), edited by Ronnie Mackay and Warren Brookbanks, p55-80, Oxford: OUP.
Bevan, M. (2017) Chapter 4: Vulnerable Suspects: The Investigation Stage’, in Vulnerable people and the criminal justice system: a guide to law and practice, (2017), edited by Penny Cooper and Heather Norton, p94-138, Oxford: OUP.
Bevan, M. (2017) Chapter 5: Unfitness to Plead’, in Vulnerable people and the criminal justice system: a guide to law and practice, (2017), edited by Penny Cooper and Heather Norton, p139-181, Oxford: OUP.
Unfitness to plead, Volume 1: Report, Law Commission No.364, 12 January 2016 (significant contribution as lawyer with responsibility for drafting). Read here.
Unfitness to plead, An Issues Paper, Law Commission, 2 May 2014 (significant contribution as lawyer with responsibility for drafting). Read here.
Peer-reviewed papers published online:
Bevan, M. (2017) Effective Participation in the Youth Court, Howard League for Penal Reform, What is Justice? Working Papers 21/2016. Read here.
Bevan, M. (2016) Investigating young people’s awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system: An exploratory study, Howard League for Penal Reform Sunley Prize Paper. Read here.
Unpublished PhD thesis:
Children and young people in police custody: an exploration of the experience of children and young people detained in police custody following arrest, from the perspective of the young suspect. (2019)