It has been a momentous year. The nation has lost a Queen and gained a King. Russia has invaded Ukraine. The world continues to adapt to life after Covid. Meanwhile, the Inn has celebrated its 600th Anniversary with an overhaul of its governance, a continuing programme of renovation works on the Inn’s estate, and numerous one-off events such as the historic dinner and the diversity dinner – activities which reflect the way in which we continually strive to preserve what is best from our past while adapting to the demands of the future. Despite all the challenges we have faced, there is absolutely no reason why the Inn should not continue vigorously for another 600 years providing a welcoming, collegiate work-place for professionals, and an excellent programme of training for students and practitioners. Long may it last.
It has been a privilege to serve as your Treasurer this year, and it is a source of great comfort to know that the Inn will be in excellent hands next year with the Master of Rolls in charge. I am sure that you will all continue to give him the same level of support that you have given to me and my predecessors.
Let me conclude by expressing my sincere thanks to the members of the Inn, to my fellow benchers and to all the wonderful staff for their unstintingly hard work, their kindness and their good humour in the course of the last 12 months. A special debt of thanks is due to the Under Treasurer for her wisdom and professionalism throughout the year, and most of all to my wife, Claudia, who has provided fathomless energy and support. Thank you.
With very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year,