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Lemos&Crane has provided practitioners and policy-makers with information for action on social problems since 1994. We work with professionals in social housing, local government, criminal justice agencies, schools and voluntary organisations as well as trusts and foundations.

Over 30,000 people are registered to use Lemos&Crane websites to learn from research projects, improve ways of working and share good practice. Lemos&Crane conferences give delegates the ideas and tools for making a difference in their work. Alongside the websites, conferences and research projects we maintain an online network, including exciting awards programmes. You are welcome to join now and view free materials from this website.

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Gerard Lemos CMG

Gerard leads the research team at Lemos&Crane. He is the author of many books and reports about social policy and supporting vulnerable people. His publications include The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People fear the Future published by Yale University Press in 2012, which was featured in the New York Times and a Sunday Times Christmas book. His most recent book The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment was published in April 2014 and has been well-reviewedHe has written for the New York Times, The Guardian and the BBC.  
He is Chairman of PaymentsUK, Vice-President of the British Board of Film Classification and a trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust. He is also Chair designate of the Council of the University of York.  He chaired the Board of Trustees of the British Council having been Deputy Chair and was awarded a CMG for services to the British Council in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2001. He was a visiting Professor at Chongqing Technology and Business University between 2006 and 2010.  
Gerard has formerly been a trustee of London University, Chair of the Lending Standards Board, Banking Code Standards Board, Notting HIll Housing, the Money Advice Service and the Akram Khan Dance Company, an Audit Commissioner, a Civil Service Commissioner and a non-executive director of Crown Prosecution Service.

Paul Crane

Paul is co-founding partner and is responsible for online training courses and publishing at Lemos&Crane. He is the author of two civil rights handbooks, a Cambridge University law graduate and now a non-practising solicitor. As a lawyer he specialised in civil rights work; he took part in the landmark case before the European Court of Human Rights that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland. Paul has worked in general and legal book publishing both as a commissioning editor and publisher. Prior to initiating web development over 15 years ago, he published more than 50 books and reports at Lemos&Crane. Paul's voluntary board experience includes acting as governor-trustee for an international college. 



Professor Caroline Hunter

Caroline Hunter is a Professor of Law at the University of York Law School. She is also the Deputy General Editor of Journal of Housing Law and the Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal Service.

Jane Petrie

Jane Petrie

Jane Petrie is the Course Leader for undergraduate housing students at Sheffield Hallam University. As a solicitor she has worked for housing users and a large local authority.

Peter MacMahon

Peter MacMahon is a former Deputy Local Government Ombudsman. He has worked as a lawyer in local government and the voluntary sector.

Dr Helen Carr

Helen Carr is Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Kent Law School and the author of Law for Social Workers. Helen's research interests lie primarily in the fields of Housing, Social Welfare and Public Law. She is interested in the regulation of the poor especially the homeless, the asylum seeker, the anti-social and those in need of care. Helen is particularly concerned with the gendered and racialised dimensions of regulation. She is currently completing a book on the governance of housing from the 1830s. Helen is also working with the Welsh Government on the reform of housing law.

Professor Martin Partington QC CBE

Martin Partington has been a part-time chairman of social security appeal tribunals and was the social security editor for the Industrial Law Journal. He continues to write the UK entry on social security for the International Encyclopaedia of Law. Martin served on the Law Commission for seven years.

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