In its 26th year, A Week in Legal London is proud to continue its tradition of mixing exciting new opportunities with exceptional legal destinations and interactions. As a result of the special relationships we have formed over many years, we are able to provide access to people and places the general public does not have. In addition to the profound interactions the program presents, A Week in Legal London also provides one-of-a-kind professional experiences. We will spend time behind the scenes with prominent judges, barristers and solicitors.
The opening of our exciting program will be with The Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, who will welcome us to the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday morning. We are the guests of the Lord Chief Justice during our week in England.
In October of 2009, England and Wales created a Supreme Court. (Previously, the highest court in the land was The House of Lords.) The Supreme Court will be in session while we are in London, and on Tuesday the President (Chief Justice), Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, currently Master of the Rolls, will welcome us to his court, and discuss the new Supreme Court's purpose and function. During our 2011 program, The Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the first ever President of the Supreme Court hosted us in his court. In addition to meeting Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, we have arranged for other Supreme Court Justices to meet individually with our small groups.
Throughout the week, we will break into small groups to attend trials in various courts and interact with the barristers and judges. We will visit the Inns of Court and Barrister's Mess at the Old Bailey for lunch as well as attend special programs at the Law Society of England and Wales. In our small groups, participants will rotate "carousel" style through court sessions in the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court), the Magistrates' Court, and a local Crown Court. Groups will lunch with barristers and judges at three of the four Inns of Court, Old Bailey and the Crown Court.
This year we are privileged to host our Closing Reception and Gala Dinner celebration in the Peers Dining Room at the House of Lords. The Right Honourable Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC will be our host for this celebration and unique opportunity to dine within the walls of the House of Lords.
We hope to see you in Legal London!
Being in London in April of 2015 will be exciting for reasons besides the breadth of our program. Throughout 2015, there will be commemorations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Runnymede, where the original Magna Carta was signed, is a short 20 mile trip from London for those who would want to visit before or after our week packed full of events. In addition, our trip will occur one week before the British parliamentary elections (including the selection of a prime minister) and there will surely be an excitement in the air, if not on the television, in the run-up to those elections.