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Wednesday, 22 April 2015
The Rt Hon Dame Janet Smith, DBE, joined fellow Bolton School alumni for a networking event held at the Squire Patton Boggs offices in London.
The venue was secured through Old Boy Michael Shaw, who attended Bolton School 1981-1988 and is now a partner at the full service global law firm. Over thirty alumni attended the event and represented the variety of fields that Old Girls and Old Boys move into after their time at School. A large number of legal professionals were present; among their number were Old Boy The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ernest Ryder, TD DL; and Dame Janet, who gave the keynote address.
Dame Janet is a former High Court Judge and President of the Council of The Inns of Court. She was assessed in 2013 as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and was appointed in 2012 by the BBC to lead their inquiry into the Jimmy Savile case. She currently acts as the independent assessor for miscarriages of justice compensation for England and Wales, and as Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn.
She spoke to the gathered alumni about both her time at School from 1951 to 1959. She also talked about her career in Law: from training as a Barrister in Manchester, to becoming a QC and then later a High Court Judge, and chairing the Shipman Inquiry. She also answered questions on a variety of topics, including the future of the profession as she sees it.
The event began and ended with time for guests to network. This was the second such event organised by the School, and was arranged following the success of the first last year.
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