University of Bolton Chancellor to consider the importance of the emerging ‘Northern legal powerhouse’

  • 22/02/2016

University of Bolton Chancellor and one of the UK’s leading judges, Sir Ernest Ryder, will give students an insight into the future platforms for access to justice when he speaks at the University next month.

Professor The Right Honourable Sir Ernest Ryder, Lord Justice of Appeal, PC TD DL LLD (hc), now the Senior President of Tribunals, will speak at the University’s Law School on Thursday 3 March 2016 on ‘The Modernisation of Access to Justice in Times of Austerity’.

The lecture will be the fifth in the Annual Ryder Lecture series, which began at the University in 2012. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Ryder LJ, after whom the series is named, on the modernisation of UK family law.

Other notable lectures have been delivered by His Honour Judge Clayson, resident Senior Bolton Judge, who spoke on the subject of working for the United Nations and war crimes and Professor His Honour William Morris, Deputy Chair of Governors and a former circuit judge, who analysed mental health and the law.

Last year, the Right Honourable Dame Janet Smith spoke on ‘Public Inquiries; are they worth the money, or are they a waste of time and effort?’, amidst her chairing the Savile Inquiry
‘As this annual lecture series draws towards its fifth year, we are delighted and privileged that its Patron and inaugural lecturer, our Chancellor, returns to reflect on litigation today in his new senior judicial role and as one of our honorary Law Professors,’ said Head of the School of Law, Professor Stephen Hardy.

‘More significantly, as a member of the senior judiciary, we are excited to hear his views, as he is best placed to discuss both the challenges and opportunities ahead.’ Sir Ernest Ryder was educated at Bolton School and Peterhouse, Cambridge before beginning his career as a merchant banker with Grindley Brandt & Co. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1981 and was made a Bencher in 2004. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division in May 2004 and was the Judge in charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, 2011-12. In 2013 he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and a Privy Counsellor and in 2015 was appointed as the Senior President of Tribunals for the next five important years of reform.

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