Lexicon provides consultancy, research and training services to public and private organisations working in the justice system. It undertakes projects in criminal, civil and family jurisdictions and its clients include government departments, professional bodies, major charities and leading companies. Lexicon has particular expertise in:

  • Measures to support victims and witnesses
  • Intermediaries
  • Children in the legal system
  • Court administration
  • Case management
  • Appellate justice
  • Quality improvement programmes
  • Applications of technology
  • Training for judges and court staff in UK & overseas
  • Freedom of Information
  • Information films
Intermediaries in the criminal justice system (2015) published  by Policy Press and can be ordered  here

‘Falling Short? A snapshot of young witness policy and practice’ launched 

Lexicon was commissioned by the NSPCC to examine progress in responding to the needs of young witnesses since ‘Measuring Up?’ in 2009 and a subsequent progress report in 2011. The report of this study entitled ‘Falling Short?’ is now available at https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1672/falling-short-snapshot-young-witness-policy-practice-full-report.pdf. Chapter 1 contains the study overview and recommendations.


In May and June 2018 Lexicon visited Victoria to assist in implementing pilot intermediary scheme and spoke to intermediaries and lawyers involved in an ongoing pilot in Sydney

Lexicon was founded by Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson. Joyce was awarded a DBE in 2015 for services to justice, an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2016 by the University of Hertfordshire and the administration of justice award from the US Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association in 2013.