Kalisher Trust representatives, including trustees and students from two academies supported by the Trust, attended the ceremony, which took place in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court on the 22nd July.
The ceremony marked the formal presentation of a pair of embroidered gloves to the Lord Chief Justice. The gloves, which are hand-made by craftsmen from the Worshipful Company of Glovers, were presented by the Master Glover, Alison Gowman.
The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice for the ceremony, and processed into Court 4.
The Lord Mayor arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice
Sitting with the Lord Mayor of London on the bench were the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd; the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson; the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Lord Justice Leveson; and HHJ Brian Barker QC, the Recorder of London.
Max Hill QC, the Chairman of the Kalisher Trust, spoke on behalf of the Bar, saying:
“My Lord, it is both an honour and a pleasure to speak from the Bar on this significant occasion…I take my strength from the fact that uniquely today I can claim to represent not only the current generation at the Bar of England and Wales – I also represent the next generation of the Bar, and they sit here behind me. Senior students from the London Academy of Excellence and from the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Corby have gathered here as evidence of your Lordships ties both to London, the City and the future of the independent Bar to which we all hope some of these able students will belong.
Just as your Lordship has shown, by the very inclusivity of this gathering this morning, that he cares about all who serve within these courts and in furtherance of the criminal justice system, so we at the Kalisher Trust believe that all can come to realise the imperative of maintaining an independent referral Bar which counts the best and the brightest amongst its ranks”.
The Recorder of London and Max Hill QC before the ceremony
After the ceremony, the students enjoyed a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, and met the Lord Chief Justice, the Lord Mayor, and Master Glover.
The Lord Mayor, Master Glover, and the Lord Chief Justice with students from the London Academy of Excellence
For more information about the Trust’s work with academies across England, or its partnership with the David Ross Education Trust, please contact our Secretary, Harry Bentley, or our Director of Education, Euan Clarke, via firstname.lastname@example.org.