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Will Bordell

Writer for The Justice Gap, aspiring barrister

Will Bordell currently writes for The Justice Gap about access to justice issues, and is an aspiring barrister.

Expect More Stories Of Slavery - And Demand More Victim Support

The lesson we must learn is that policing and prosecutions are only half the story. As more and more victims emerge, we will have to do better - and sooner, rather than later. If not, victims will become vulnerable to traffickers all over again and, what's more, they'll be less inclined to testify in court. Rescue and release is not a strategy. It's an outrage.
21/08/2017 16:21 BST

Freedom - Or Freefall?

If Britain is truly to lead the way in ending slavery, our long-term success will depend on how we treat the people whose liberty we restore. For as long as the offer of support is undermined by its abrupt removal, our efforts will remain restricted by their own design. When victims who think they have been set free are instead sent into freefall, there is no choice but to change.
13/07/2017 16:48 BST

Justice For The Innocent

It will take longer, reap humbler rewards and offer fewer headline opportunities. But such an approach will make justice about the people who are innocent as much as those who are guilty. Slavery, after all, doesn't end in the siren-lights of a police raid.
26/04/2017 11:30 BST

A Second Inconvenient Truth

Governments cannot pretend that they never knew this was coming, or that it wasn't worth doing anything about. Now, we have an opportunity; soon, we will have a burden. The difference between those two terms--politically, economically and morally--is worth a great deal.
11/12/2015 12:11 GMT

Brian Westby: A Review

It's a good job Forrest Reid didn't write to be famous. Almost seventy years after his death, his novels gather dust in libraries: unthumbed and unadmired. Highly thought of by friends like E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare during his lifetime, the Ulster writer has since fallen into obscurity. Until now, that is.
20/01/2014 11:34 GMT

Here, There, Gone: An Interview With Sir Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner's <em>Othello</em> was so good I saw it twice. It's not the first time Sir Nick has wowed the critics. And I somehow doubt it will be the last. I perch comfortably outside his office, staring at black-and-white action shots of hit after hit: Adrian Lester in <em>Henry V</em>, Simon Russell Beale in <em>Much Ado About Nothing</em>, James Corden in <em>One Man, Two Guv'nors</em>. If there's such thing as a grammar of theatre, Hytner is fluent in it.
11/09/2013 12:37 BST

The Inmate of Rome

It's a relief to be able to call him Joseph.  And it will be a relief once he's treated just like any other Joseph.  It's been said before and it will be said again: there's a Ratzinger-sized space in Rome's nearest prison cell just waiting to be filled.  The former Bishop of Rome should soon become the Inmate of Rome.
01/03/2013 15:25 GMT

Don't Be Afraid to Listen

Oxford and Cambridge Universities have an awful lot in common. And last week was no exception. By inviting polarising political figures from the left and the right - George Galloway and Marine Le Pen, respectively - both institutions reaffirmed what is at once perhaps the most sacred and the most imperilled of all our values: the freedom of speech.
28/02/2013 12:09 GMT