Attorney General delivers Annual Law Reform Lecture

THE Annual Law Reform Lecture was delivered on Thursday 20 November, with the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, delivering a speech entitled ‘Justice for All: closing the gap for fraud victims’. The speech set out the Government’s ongoing agenda against fraud – a crime which costs the country an estimated £14bn a year – and the challenges facing criminal justice.
Baroness Scotland spoke of the need for the legal profession to engage positively with ongoing reforms and to see the criminal justice system as a public service.

Following the speech, the winners of the Law Reform Essay Competition were announced. Sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust, the Essay Competition was judged by the Chairman of the Law Reform Committee, Stephen Worthington QC, with input from the vice chairs, Richard Drabble QC, Alison Green and Tom Dumont.

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, presented the overall winner with a cheque for £4,000. Other prizes included £2,500 for the runner up and £1,500 for the best entry written by a student studying for the postgraduate diploma in law / CPE.

The former Chairman of the Bar Council Chairman Tim Dutton QC said: “The Law Reform Essay competition offers some of the sharpest minds studying for the Bar an opportunity to demonstrate how they use and develop their legal knowledge, analysis and imagination, and I am delighted that this year’s entrants have proved to be, once again, such a strong field.”