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Cerian’s research interests lie in 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 counter fraud and the prosecution of financial crime, and her most recent publications have included research into fraud within the NHS and wider issues of criminal procedure including criminal disclosure and the use of intercept evidence in criminal trials.

Cerian’s research on contemporary financial crime draws on her legal practice experience as a fraud investigator within the public sector, and includes the leading of a multidisciplinary project into responses to financial crime within the NHS, Strengthening Fraud Responses with the NHS in England. This project reflects Cerian’s passion for working with policy, professional, and lay stakeholders to undertake meaningful research with real-world impact. Outputs of this wider research interest have to date included the delivery of a two-day CPD course on disclosure delivered to counter-fraud specialists across the NHS, and an on-going delivery of courtroom skills training to the Credit Services Association as part of their apprenticeship delivery.  

Cerian is also leading on another impactful research project, Digital Forensics within the criminal justice system: use, effectiveness, and impact. This project brings together a multidisciplinary team to work with the Home Office on their national ‘Impact of Forensic Science Project’. Northumbria’s Digital Forensics project undertook a range of qualitative methods with stakeholders from several police forces, the CPS, national policing bodies, solicitors, barristers, and digital forensics experts, to better understand the way digital forensics impact and influence decision makers through the criminal justice system.

In recent years, Cerian has also acted 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 also publishes in the field of legal history, particularly on historical responses to financial crime.

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  • More than a species of larceny: fraud laws and their uses in the eighteenth century, Griffiths, C. 16 Feb 2024, In: Journal of Legal History
  • New development: From blanket coverage to patchwork quilt—rethinking organizational responses to fraud in the National Health Service in England, Griffiths, C., Doig, A., Harvey, J., Benson, K., Lord, N. 26 Oct 2023, In: Public Money & Management
  • 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

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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