Mr Karl Laird
College Lecturer in Law
Karl is a College Lecturer in Law at St Edmund Hall. He is an expert in criminal law, with a second interest in public law. He teaches criminal law to Hall students.
Karl is co-author of Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod’s Criminal Law, the leading student textbook on criminal law in England and Wales. In addition, he has recently been published in the Law Quarterly Review and the Criminal Law Review, among others.
Karl’s research interests are in criminal law, the law of evidence, and related areas of public law. He is the author of numerous publications, including Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law, and is a contributor to Montgomery and Ormerod: Fraud Law and Practice. Karl writes commentaries for the Criminal Law Review and Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime and is responsible for the chapter in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice which deals with bribery and corruption. He has lectured widely, including to the judiciary, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors’ Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice. He is a practising barrister at 6KBW College Hill and is a Special Adviser to Jonathan Hall QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.