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Annual Essex Law Lecture

This event offers students an excellent opportunity to network with local solicitors who are invited to attend the reception and lecture.

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 Liberty.
  • Topic: Who are we? Hate, hostility and human rights in a post-Brexit world
  • Date: 16 February 2017
2017 29th Annual Essex Law Lecture

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 Facebook page

    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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