Lady Hale is the first keynote speaker to be confirmed for the Law Society of Scotland’s annual conference in October one of the highlights of the Scottish legal calendar. 

Lady Hale, who was appointed as president of the Supreme Court in September 2017, has had a career marked by ‘firsts’. In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, following this up a decade later by being the first High Court judge appointed to have worked principally as an academic and public servant, rather than a practising barrister.

In 1999 Lady Hale was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, prior to becoming the United Kingdom’s first and only woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. When the Law Lords became Justices of the Supreme Court in 2009, Lady Hale became the first woman to hold that position, and was appointed Deputy President in 2013.

The Law Society’s conference, Leading Legal Excellence, promises a wide-ranging agenda on the day, with keynote speakers, streamed sessions and workshops. Further information is available here.