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Ewan Davies lecture

02 May 2007

The changes taking place in the regulation of the legal professions will be addressed by Lady Justice Smith in a lecture at Cardiff University (May 2).

Currently a Court of Appeal Judge, in 2001 Lady Justice Smith undertook an inquiry into the extent of Dr Harold Shipman’s crimes and the systems of certification and regulation that had failed to detect that he was a serial murderer of patients.

Lady Justice Smith will deliver the 2007 Ewan Davies lecture on ‘Professionalism in the 21st Century’ to an audience of legal professionals at Cardiff Law School.

Lady Justice Smith has worked mainly in personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence work. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in 1992. In 2002, she was appointed to the Court of Appeal to which work she returned following the completion of the Shipman Inquiry in 2005. In 2006, she was appointed President of the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC).

The Ewan Davies lecture is organised annually by the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, part of Cardiff Law School. Previous speakers at this prestigious event include Cherie Booth QC, Carolyn Kirby, President of the Law Society, Michael Napier solicitor and senior partner of national law firm Irwin Mitchell and Roy Morgan, President of the Cardiff and District Law Society.