Annual Essex Law Lecture
This event offers students an excellent opportunity to network
with local solicitors who are invited to attend the reception and
For the past 29 years, a highlight of the legal year has been the
Essex Law Lecture, hosted by Essex Law School with the support of
the local profession through the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society
(SNELS). Previous speakers have included senior judges, the Director
of Public Prosecutions, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, directors of
NGOs, prominent legal practitioners and Members of Parliament.
29th Annual law lecture
- Speaker: Martha Spurrier, Director of
- Topic: Who are we? Hate, hostility and
human rights in a post-Brexit world
- Date: 16 February 2017
Martha joined Liberty as Director in May 2016. She arrived from
Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in defending access to
justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people. She acted
for bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state
care, represented victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who
were failed by the police, brought claims on behalf of prisoners and
immigration detainees who had been mistreated in custody and challenged
attempts to curb press freedom, privacy and protest rights. In 2015
Martha co-founded the ‘Act for the Act’ campaign, which put posters on
trains, buses and billboards across the country telling the stories of
men, women and children who had used the Human Rights Act when things
went wrong in their lives. Martha was previously a lawyer at the mental
health charity, Mind, and at the Public Law Project.
28th Annual law lecture
Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony (chair) with Professor David Ormerod QC, speaker of the
28th Law Lecture. Pictures of the last annual law lecture are available on our
The 28th annual law lecture was held on the 28th February 2016, and
was delivered by Professor David Ormerod QC on the topic 'Codifying
Sentencing: the Law Commission's Vision'
Professor David Ormerod QC is Law Commissioner for England and Wales
responsible for Criminal law, Evidence and Procedure. He graduated with
LLB (Hons) from the University of Essex in 1988. He is a Barrister and
Bencher of Middle Temple and is seconded from his post as Professor of
Criminal Justice at University College London.He practised in the
chambers of Max Hill QC, 18 Red Lion Court, where he is now a door
tenant. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Smith
and Hogan’s Criminal Law and is the Editor in Chief of Blackstone’s
Criminal Practice, the Criminal Law Review and Halsbury’s Law of England
(Criminal Law, Criminal Evidence and Procedure). He lectures regularly
for the Judicial College. In 2013 he was appointed QC (Honoris Causa).
Previous Annual law lectures
Former speakers have included Law Commissioner Professor David Ormerod QC (an Essex Alumnus), Keir Starmer QC
when he was the Director of Prosecutions, The Rt Honourable David Blunkett MP, Shami Chakrabarti
the former Director of Liberty, and the Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, just to name a few.
A full list of previous speakers and titles are available to view here (pdf).
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