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Baroness Hale

On Monday 16 March 2020, the UK's recently retired President of The Supreme Court, The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, will be joining us for a Cumberland Conversation chaired by our Chief Executive, Canon Dr Edmund Newell.

Baroness (Brenda) Hale retired from her position on 18 December 2019, having been very much in the public eye during the momentous political events of 2019. She had been President of The Supreme Court since September 2017, and was previously Deputy President from June 2013.

Her career has been marked by a series of firsts. In October 2009, Baroness Hale became the first woman to be a Justice of The Supreme Court. She was also the UK's first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (from January 2004), following a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer and judge. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, in 1984, the statutory body that promotes legal reform. As a member of the Commission, her team was involved in legislation such as the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Ten years on, in 1994, she became the first High Court Judge to come from a primarily academic and public-service background.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, and practised for a while as a barrister at the Manchester Bar, before following new career paths. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case-book on The Family, Law and Society.

She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.

How to book

Everyone is welcome to this Cumberland Conversation. The event starts at 6.00pm and takes the format of an informal conversation, with a question-and-answer session afterwards. 

Tickets cost £5 (inclusive of Eventbrite booking fees), and proceeds will help with the running of the Cumberland Conversations series and our wider charitable programmes. (Please see below for details of our inclusive dinner and Conversation package.)

Tickets include tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival (until 6pm) and a glass of wine afterwards. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Please book here, or via the 'Register Now' button on this webpage.


Dinner package

You are welcome to stay on and join us for dinner in one of our historic dining rooms, with Baroness Hale and her guests.

Dinner tickets are £67.50 per person, and all proceeds help to support our charitable work.

Find out more

For general enquiries about the event, please contact Emma Albery, our Friends, Alumni and Outreach Officer, at:

There is free parking on site, and the venue is accessible to wheelchair users and people with additional mobility requirements. There is also a hearing loop in the conference room.


Dates and times

From: 16 Mar 2020 - 6:00pm
To: 16 Mar 2020 - 7:30pm
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