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GW4 FRS Network and Exeter Law School Baroness Butler-Sloss Annual Family Law Lecture

Guest speaker - Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE PC QC FBA, former President of the Supreme Court

The University of Exeter Law School is delighted to announce that Lady Hale has agreed to give this year’s annual Family Law lecture, which combines the Butler-Sloss Family Law Exeter Student Lecture with the annual lecture of the GW4 Family Regulation and Society Research Network.

Event details

Law staff, students and personally invited guests

Lady Hale was herself an eminent Family Law academic before being appointed a Law Commissioner in 2004, where she was the principal architect of what became the Children Act 1989. She subsequently took up a judicial career which led to her being appointed the first female Law Lord in 2004 and culminated in her appointment as the first woman President of the Supreme Court in 2017.

Her chosen topic for the lecture, Family Law in a Crisis, will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners working in the field of family justice and her lecture will be introduced by Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, herself the first female Lord Justice of Appeal.


In these uncertain and strange times, Family Law has been asked to adapt its role and processes in the current crisis. However, it is an area of law that routinely deals with crises and both this area of law and the wider family justice system have often had to face challenges of their own. Drawing on the rich knowledge and experience of the speaker, this lecture will explore the theme of crisis in the context of the evolving role of family law today.