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Britain’s most senior judge speaks to University

30 Apr 2014

School of Law hosts President of The Supreme Court

The Right Hon Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury

The country’s most senior judge is to deliver a lecture to students, lecturers and fellow judiciary at the University on Thursday 8 May.

The Right Hon Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury is President of The Supreme Court – the second judge to hold the post since it was opened in 2009.

He will speak about access to justice, social mobility within the legal profession and the role of the Supreme Court.

Previously holding the post of Master of the Rolls, he was called to the Bar in 1974 made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1987 and became a Bencher for Lincoln's Inn in 1993.

His first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990 until 1996 when he was appointed a High Court judge in the Chancery Division and was then the Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits 2000 - 2004. In January 2004 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.

He also led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset.

Lord Neuberger has previously spoken out on topics affecting access to Justice and the administration of the rule of law in the UK, including questioning proposed curbs on judicial reviews. He has also made interventions to public debate on the relationship between British and European courts, and how the legal profession can work to encourage greater judicial diversity.

  • A conversation with Lord Neuberger, hosted by the School of Law, will be held from 6.15pm to 7pm followed by a 15 minute Q and A session at Theatre A, University Place on Thursday 8 May.
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