Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC (born 19 November 1951) is a British Labour politician and barrister.Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs in 2003 under Prime Minister Tony Blair, and would go on to become the first Secretary of State for Justice in a 2007 reorganization and enlargement of the portfolio of the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
As Gresham Professor of Law from 2000-2004, he conducted public interviews with leading judges and lawyers, the transcripts of which are now published as The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005).
Richard Susskind has specialised in the impact of information technology on the law for 25 years. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. His books include Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996) and Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000). He is a law columnist for The Times and General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (OUP). He holds a law professorship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
He has advised on numerous government inquiries and has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England since 1998. In 2003, he was appointed by the Cabinet Office as Chair of a non-departmental public body known as the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information.
Professor Susskind has a law degree from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.