Lord Denning (1899-1999) was probably the most famous member of Lincoln’s Inn during the twentieth century, a century his life almost exactly spanned. From relatively humble origins, he was Called to the Bar in 1923 and rose to become a judge for thirty-eight years. He served in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, before returning to the Court of Appeal as Master of the Rolls, finally retiring at the age of eighty-three. A passionate believer in the education of youth, especially in his beloved legal profession, he inspired the foundation of the Denning Society shortly before his death, aged 100, in 1999.
At Lord Denning’s request, membership of the Society is restricted to members of Lincoln’s Inn who hold scholarships or bursaries. The Society seeks to perpetuate his memory, by providing a forum for its members to meet and mix with all age groups on three major occasions each year; a summer reception, an autumn lecture, and a dinner in January to celebrate Lord Denning’s birthday. A distinguished guest speaker is invited to the latter, to which members may bring guests.