Thursday 14 June 2018 at 5pm.

The Scottish Public Law Group is thrilled to announce an evening lecture with Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The event is being held in the Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF on 14 June 2018 at 5pm.

This event is free and will attract 1 hour of CPD.

To register click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-conversation-with-lady-hale-20-years-on-devolution-and-the-supreme-court-tickets-45949723861

Please note that attendees will be required to present their ticket and a form of ID on arrival.


In its own 10th anniversary year, the SPLG is marking the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the devolution statutes and the ability, for the first time in the democratic era, for courts in the UK to strike down primary legislation passed by a democratically elected legislature.

In this special address, Lady Halein her first speech in Scotland since being appointed as President of the UK Supreme Court – will reflect on the contribution of that court to the development of devolution jurisprudence within and across the devolution settlements. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the country’s most distinguished legal figures.

The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE is the UK’s most senior judge, taking up appointment as President of the Supreme Court in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. This following her appointment as Deputy President from June 2013. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court. In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.


Registration is from 1700. The event will start at 1730 and the evening will finish with a drinks reception from 1830 to 1900.


The SPLG is grateful to the WS Society for hosting this event in the Signet Library.


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