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SAL Distinguished Speaker Lecture - Certainty v. Creativity: Some Pointers Towards the Development of the Common Law

1.5 Public CPD Points
Practice Area: Others
Training Level: General

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, please sign in on arrival in the manner required by the organiser,and do not be absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. For more information on the CPD Scheme, visit www.sileCPDcentre.sg.

 

 

Introduction

 

The Chancellor has given two recent speeches entitled “Contractual Interpretation: Do Judges sometimes say one thing and do another?” and “Preserving the integrity of the Common Law”.


In the first, he pointed out that the law on contractual interpretation as laid down in ICS v. West Bromwich BuiIding Society had not survived the two recent UK Supreme Court decisions in Arnold v. Britton and Wood v. Capita.


In the second, the Chancellor gave a number of examples of recent UK Supreme Court decisions which had not found favour with the highest courts in other Commonwealth common law jurisdictions. He suggested that the development of the common law should be incremental and that judges should be cautious about seismic changes or approaching landmark cases with a blank sheet of paper.


In this lecture, the Chancellor will return to the theme of the appropriate development of the common law, and ask how crucial certainty really is to the common law, as compared to impeccably reasoned judicial creativity. He will look at some recent examples including a further consideration of Patel v. Mirza and Ochroid Trading v. Chua Siok Lui.

 

 

  The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos
Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales

Sir Geoffrey was appointed Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales on 24 October 2016. He holds responsibility for the conduct of business in the Business and Property Courts. Prior to this role, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and acted as President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from June 2014 to June 2016. He was appointed a Justice of the High Court in October 2009.

 

Sir Geoffrey also sat as a judge internationally, in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey between 2005 and 2009, and in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009, having begun his judicial career as a deputy High Court Judge in England in 1999.


He was the Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and of the Bar Council in 2007, having taken silk (QC) in 1993 after a career practising at the Chancery-Commercial bar, both domestically and internationally. He was educated at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of that college in November 2015. As Head of the Chancery Division, he is a member of the Judicial Executive Board of England & Wales. From January 2018, he became Editor in
Chief of the White Book on civil procedure.

For enquiries, please call Tel: +65 6332 4388 or email to [email protected].

Certainty v. Creativity: Some Pointers Towards the Development of the Common Law

CPD Points: 1.5 Public

Venue: Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, Supreme Court Building, 1 Supreme Court Lane (178879)

Event Date: 14 September 2018 (3.30pm - 7.00pm)


There is no registration fee for this lecture but seats are limited and are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A confirmation email will be sent for every successful registration. For enquiries, please call Tel: (65) 6332 4388 or email [email protected]

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1.5 Public CPD Points
Practice Area: Others
Training Level: General

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, please sign in on arrival in the manner required by the organiser,and do not be absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. For more information on the CPD Scheme, visit www.sileCPDcentre.sg.

 

 

Introduction

 

The Chancellor has given two recent speeches entitled “Contractual Interpretation: Do Judges sometimes say one thing and do another?” and “Preserving the integrity of the Common Law”.


In the first, he pointed out that the law on contractual interpretation as laid down in ICS v. West Bromwich BuiIding Society had not survived the two recent UK Supreme Court decisions in Arnold v. Britton and Wood v. Capita.


In the second, the Chancellor gave a number of examples of recent UK Supreme Court decisions which had not found favour with the highest courts in other Commonwealth common law jurisdictions. He suggested that the development of the common law should be incremental and that judges should be cautious about seismic changes or approaching landmark cases with a blank sheet of paper.


In this lecture, the Chancellor will return to the theme of the appropriate development of the common law, and ask how crucial certainty really is to the common law, as compared to impeccably reasoned judicial creativity. He will look at some recent examples including a further consideration of Patel v. Mirza and Ochroid Trading v. Chua Siok Lui.

 

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