Speech by the Lord Chief Justice, “The Centrality of Justice: Its contribution to Society, and its Delivery” The Lord Williams of Mostyn Memorial Lecture on 10 November 2015.
“It is a privilege and honour to give this lecture in memory of Lord Williams of Mostyn. It is made possible by the generosity of Farrar’s Buildings (where I was pupil as a barrister to His Honour Judge Monro Davies QC and of which my judicial pupil master His Honour Judge Sir Robin David QC was a door tenant). It is a privilege, as although Lord Williams and I never practised in the same area of the law, he was always most generous in his encouragement, wise advice and counsel. It is an honour as Lord Williams’ career spanned both the bar (for he was successively leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit and Chairman of the Bar) and the House of Lords (he was successively an Undersecretary of State, Minister of State and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Attorney General and Leader of the House of Lords). More importantly he was, as Lord Falconer described in the Dictionary of National Biography, a “committed reformer”…”