Ken Clarke in Conversation

On 10 July 2012, the Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice discussed his experience as lawyer, politician and minister with JUSTICE’s Roger Smith and questions from a packed lecture theatre at the law firm, Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer. Mr Clarke vigorously defended the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. More contentiously, he defended proposals in the Justice and Security Bill for closed material procedures and the cuts to legal aid in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Both of these have been, and are, strongly opposed by JUSTICE. Mr Clarke agreed with JUSTICE on the need for a more diverse senior judiciary though he was somewhat short of ideas for how this might be achieved. He received warm applause at the end of the event, not perhaps so much for what he actually said but for his creditable willingness to open himself up to questions in such an informal setting.

A video of the event can be viewed here. Requires Internet Explorer to play.

We are grateful to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for hosting this event.

Event details

Location:Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 28 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0AY
Date(s):10 July 2012

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