Wednesday 19 February 2020
Inner Temple History Society Lecture
The Supreme Court: A rabbit pulled out of a hat?
Frederic Reynold QC
It did not feature in the Labour Government’s election manifesto in May 2001; the Tories in due course opposed it; opinion amongst the senior judiciary (including the Law Lords) was sharply divided; yet the legislation enabling the Supreme Court for the United Kingdom to spring into existence was an accomplished fact by March 2005.
In this lecture Frederic Reynold discusses some of the disparate factors – political, ideological and personal – described in his recent book: High Principle, Low Politics and the Emergence of the Supreme Court, which conspired against all the odds to result in the creation of the Supreme Court, now into the second decade of its existence
6.30pm for 6.45pm after Choral Evensong
Venue: The Temple Church