My Lord Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a pleasure once again to thank you, My Lord Mayor, on behalf of the judiciary of England and Wales and your other guests for your magnificent hospitality. It is stupendous.
But much more importantly, may I say that the judiciary particularly appreciated the strong support given by you personally in Guildhall last November and by the City on many other occasions when the judiciary was subject to an unprecedented and wholly unjustified attack for carrying out its duty.
That strong support is reflective of the deep and long established relationship between the City and the judiciary. It is symbolised in many ways, particularly the swearing in each year of the new Lord Mayor, this dinner, the rendering of the Quit Rents and so much more. Such occasions are emblematic of the pragmatic and symbiotic relationship; one that understands that successful business and commerce, as well as the recognition of basic rights, depends upon a robust, impartial and independent judiciary.