Last night we were hosted by the University of Portsmouth Law Society for their annual charity dinner. The event was in aid of the well known children’s charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The prestigious guest speaker this year was the distinguished Supreme Court judge, Lord Toulson.
Lord Toulson was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1969. He enjoyed an esteemed career on the Western Circuit regularly appearing in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth courts. Having appeared in landmark cases such as contract law favourite, Photo Production v Securicor, he was appointed Queens Counsel in 1986. By 1996, he had joined the ranks of the Queens Bench Division of the High Court. Appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2007, he was finally elevated to the Supreme Court in 2013. His Lordship also chaired the Law Commission between 2002 and 2006 and made significant recommendations on criminal law reform.
We were fortunate to hear some interesting, and sometimes amusing, anecdotes from Lordship’s career which were delivered with typical clarity and humility. We were also lucky enough to receive some tips and advice for those keen on entering the legal profession or joining the Bar.
Thank you to the University of Portsmouth for having us for what was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. We hope the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity continues to thrive so it may keep providing its vital and outstanding work.
For more about Great Ormond Street Hospital visit http://www.gosh.org and donate to their undoubtedly worthy cause.