Lady Hale speaks at Henry Hodge Memorial lecture
28th June 2011
The second annual Henry Hodge Memorial lecture, hosted by the
Law Society, took place
last night (Monday) evening.
The event was packed to the walls with a 'who's who' of London’s
legal community in attendance. Hodge Jones & Allen senior
partner and lifelong friend of Henry, Patrick
Allen introduced the evening, followed by a welcome from Law
Society President Linda Lee. Lady Hale, the first and only woman of
the twelve Law Lords gave the lecture.
In Lady Hale's
speech, entitled "Equal Access to Justice in the Big
Society", she stated the new Government reforms to
legal aid will have “a disproportionate effect upon the poorest and
most vulnerable in society".
Legal experts have warned that the legal aid reforms may mean
the closure of a third of English and Welsh law centres.
These centres provide legal advice for those who do not have the
funds to instruct a solicitor.
The lecture, which takes place yearly, is in remembrance of
Hodge Jones & Allen co-founder and later High Court Judge,
Henry Hodge, who died from leukaemia in 2009.
Allen said “Henry Hodge was committed throughout his
professional life to the cause of providing legal help for
individuals suffering from injustice. He was an enthusiastic
defender of legal aid and would have been horrified to see to the
cuts which the current Government proposes to make to the
Read Patrick Allen's welcoming
The Guardian article.