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President of the Supreme Court inspires Derby Law Students at special evening

“I think what’s being done here gives students the experience of getting on their feet and provides a law centre that gives advice. I applaud that.” The Right Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Date posted: 3 October 2016

The University of Derby hosted ‘An Evening with The Right Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury’ last Thursday (29 September 2016).

Lord Neuberger was appointed President of the Supreme Court in 2012, the second person to hold that office since 2009 when the Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 2009.

Lord Neuberger was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1987 and became a Bencher for Lincoln's Inn in 1993. He was appointed a High Court judge in the Chancery Division in 1996 and was then the Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midlands, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits 2000 to 2004.

Academic guests, legal professionals and students were invited to quiz Lord Neuberger on the future of our legal system and advice for students wanting to pursue a career in law. VIPs in attendance included High Court Judge and University of Derby Honorand Bobbie Cheema-Grubb DBE, High Sheriff of Derbyshire Elizabeth Fothergill CBE (also a Honorand at the University) and Pauline Latham OBE MP.

Speaking at the event Lord Neuberger’s advice for law students was: “You need a good academic qualification, to stand out from competitors and high spirits to persevere. Luck plays a very important part, being in the right place at the right time.”

The event was held at One Friar Gate Square, the £20 million striking, copper building in Derby city centre which includes modern and well equipped teaching and lecture rooms, as well as a fully compliant court room and a law clinic.

Lord Neuberger was also taken on a private tour of the building. He said: “I think what’s being done here gives students the experience of getting on their feet and provides a law centre that gives advice. I applaud that.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, closed the evening with a speech to thank Lord Neuberger for his participation.

She said: “It’s been a fantastic event, and we’re so privileged to host Lord Neuberger. As a Vice-Chancellor it’s evenings like this that make me realise I have the best job in the world. Events like this are paramount to our students’ learning.”

For further press information please contact Holly Smith, University of Derby Communications Assistant, on 01332 591187 or email: H.Smith1@derby.ac.uk