Annual Pilgrim Fathers Lecture: Sir Brian Leveson
  • Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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The annual Pilgrim Fathers lecture commemorates the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America in 1620 and traditionally embodied themes of freedom and human rights. 

The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson is the latest in a long list of distinguished members of the legal profession to present the lecture.

The lecture, organised by the Plymouth Law Society and hosted by Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council, has become a celebrated annual event in the legal profession calendar, attracting current and past Lord Chancellors, Lord Justices of Appeal and Lords of Appeal.

Lecture start time: 6pm for 6.30pm start.

Ticket details

  • Junior Law Division members: Free but must register a place as this event sold out in 2014 and 2015 and is likely to do so again!
  • Plymouth Law Society members: £10
  • Non Plymouth Law Society members: £15
  • Plymouth University students, staff and alumni can attend the event free of charge but must register a place as this event sold out in 2014 and 2015 and is likely to do so again!


News release: Sir Brian Leveson to deliver the 23rd annual Pilgrim Fathers Lecture (27 October 2016)

About the speaker

The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson was born and brought up in Liverpool, being educated at Liverpool College and, thereafter, at Merton College Oxford. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1970 and practised from chambers in Liverpool, across the full range of the common law including crime, personal injury and commercial work. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. 

Sir Brian became a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1988; he was a member of the Parole Board between 1992 and 1995 and later became a Deputy High Court Judge. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in 2000, and served as a Presiding Judge of the Northern circuit between 2002 and 2005 when he was appointed to the new position of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge. 

He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2006 and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales for three years ending in December 2009 when he was appointed as Chairman-designate of the Sentencing Council which had been established under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. He was chairman until October 2013. Between 2008 and 2011, he was chairman of the Criminal Justice Council. 

In July 2011, he was appointed to chair the Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the Press; his report was published in November 2012. He was sworn in as President of the Queens Bench Division in October 2013. More recently, he has conducted a Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings, publishing this report in January 2015. 

Sir Brian is an honorary fellow of Merton College, Oxford and has received an honorary LLD from the University of Liverpool. He is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and, from April 2013, has been its Chancellor. He is married with three children.

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