We are honoured by the support of eminent Patrons:
THE RT. HON. LORD CARLILE OF BERRIEW CBE QC
From 2001 to 2011 Lord Carlile acted as the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism legislation. From 1983 to 1997 he was the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire. He was instrumental in discussions with the Welsh Labour Party which led to the Welsh devolution referendum in 1997. He was created a life peer in 1999. He left the Liberal Democrats in 2016 and is now an independent peer. In 2012 he was made CBE for services to national security. In 2019 he was appointed as Independent Reviewer of Prevent and he is a member of boards of several charities. He studied law at King’s College London and was called to the bar in 1970. He became a QC at just 36.
THE RT. HON. THE LADY COSGROVE CBE QC
Lady Cosgrove was the first female sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, from 1979 to 1983, and Sheriff of Lothian and Borders from 1983 to 1996. From 1992 to 1996 she was a temporary judge in the High Court and Court of Session. In 1996 she became the first woman to be appointed to a permanent seat on the Court of Session bench taking the judicial title Lady Cosgrove. She was Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Scotland. She was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to the criminal justice system in Scotland. She studied Law at the University of Glasgow.
THE BARONESS DEECH DBE QC
Baroness Deech held many senior positions during her career including as a Governor of the BBC. She was a tutorial fellow in law at St Anne’s College, Oxford from 1970 to 1991 after which she was elected principal of the college. She was made DBE in 2002 in recognition of her work at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She was made a life peer sitting as a Crossbencher in 2005. She has argued strongly that Jewish students are subjected to increasing antisemitism on UK campuses and has fought for proper compensation for Jewish-owned property stolen under Nazi occupation in Poland. She graduated from St Anne’s College with a first in law.
THE RIGHT HON. LORD DYSON PC
Lord Dyson was Master of the Rolls (President of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Head of Civil Justice) for four years until he retired in October 2016. He was made a QC in 1982, was a Recorder from 1986 to 1993 and was a High Court Judge from 1993 to 2001. He was in charge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001 and was a Justice of the Supreme Court from 2010 to 2012. He studied Classics at Wadham College, Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1968. He is currently an arbitrator/mediator at 39 Essex Chambers.
THE HON. SIR BERNARD EDER
Bernard Eder acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases and in over 200 international arbitrations. He specialised in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He was made a QC in 1990, appointed as a Recorder in 1996, and as a High Court judge in 2011 sitting mainly in the commercial court. He retired from the Bench in 2015. He studied Law at Downing College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1975. He is now an arbitrator/mediator at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
THE RT. HON. THE LORD HOWARD OF LYMPNE CH PC QC
Lord Howard was leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the Opposition from 2003 to 2005. He held cabinet positions under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He became a QC in 1982 and Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe at the 1983 general election. He resigned as leader after the 2005 general election and was succeeded by David Cameron. He stood down as an MP at the 2010 general election. He is a former chairman of Hospice UK. He studied law at Peterhouse, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1964.
SIR IVAN LAWRENCE QC
Sir Ivan Lawrence is one of the most experienced criminal QC’s in practice at the criminal bar today. He has appeared in over 90 murder trials and in some of the UK’s most notorious cases including those involving the Kray twins, serial killer Dennis Nilsen, and the Brighton Babes in the Wood murders. He was Conservative MP for Burton from 1974 to 1997. He read jurisprudence at Christ Church, Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1962. He was made a QC in 1981 and was knighted in 1992. He is now a member of 5 Pump Court chambers.
THE LORD PANNICK QC
In 2016 Lord Pannick represented Gina Miller establishing that Parliamentary approval was required before the Prime Minister could initiate proceedings under Article 50 to take the UK out of the EU. He also represented Gina Miller in 2019 to establish that the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament had been unlawful. In 2007 he represented Debbie Purdy in the appeal court of the House of Lords to establish the duty of the DPP to publish guidelines when prosecuting for assisted suicide. He became a QC in 1992 and a deputy High Court judge in 1998. In 2008 he became a life peer as a Crossbencher. He studied law at Hertford College, Oxford and was called to the bar in 1979.
PROFESSOR RICHARD SUSSKIND OBE
Richard Susskind is an author, speaker and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments. His main area of expertise is the way in which IT and the internet are changing the work of lawyers. He 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. He advises on the modernisation of the practice of law and the administration of justice. He has a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Glasgow and a Doctorate in Law and Computers from Balliol College, Oxford.
THE RT. HON. THE LORD TRIMBLE PC
Lord Trimble was instrumental in negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. That year he was also elected the First Minister of Northern Ireland as well as winning the Nobel Peace Prize along with John Hume. In 1990 he was elected MP for Upper Bann, a constituency he served until 2005, and was elected leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in 1995. He was made a life peer in 2006. He left the UUP to join the Conservative Party 2007. In 2010 he served on Israel’s Turkel Commission which concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, and interception of the flotilla, were in accordance with international law. He received a first class honours in Law from Queen’s University of Belfast and qualified as a barrister in 1969.
ROSALIND WRIGHT CB QC
.Rosalind Wright worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions for some 18 years including as Assistant Director in charge of fraud. She then joined the Securities and Futures Authority and became General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Policy. In 1997 she became Director of the Serious Fraud Office and spent the next six years helping prosecute some of the biggest frauds in the country. She was awarded Honorary Silk in 2006 and Honorary LLD of the University of the West of England in 2017. She studied Law at University College London and was called to the Bar in 1964. She currently chairs disciplinary panels for three accountancy regulatory bodies.
THE RT HON LORD YOUNG OF GRAFFHAM CH
In 1985 Lord Young was made Secretary of State of Employment and after the 1987 general election he became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. In 1989 he became Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He became a life peer in 1984. Because of his involvement with ORT he was also appointed Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission dealing with unemployment and training matters. When Margaret Thatcher resigned as PM he stood down from politics to resume his business and charitable interests full time. He qualified as a solicitor in 1955 having studied law at University College London. After practicing for a year he went into business and built up a group of companies but sold out all his commercial interests on entering the Department of Industry in 1980.