Published: 10 April 2014

The Annual Law Ball 2014

The Annual Law Ball, organised by the University of Surrey Student Law Society (supported by the School of Law), was held on Wednesday, 19 March this year at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford.

Some 112 guests attended the event, including VIPs comprising many local practitioners from law firms in the area, magistrates who sit locally, Barristers from London Chambers and members of the academic staff and students from the School of Law.

The Guest of Honour and After Dinner Speaker was HHJ Michael Topolski QC, who is assigned to the South Eastern Circuit and is based at Woolwich Crown Court (the only high security court in England & Wales).

Before his appointment to the Bench, HHJ Topolski QC had a high quality crime and human rights practice at the Bar. He was on the Savile Enquiry into Bloody Sunday, the Baha Musu inquiry into torture by the army and has appeared at the International Criminal Court. He also sits at the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court).

The Student Law Society and the School of Law were delighted to have such a prominent and experienced member of the legal world as the After Dinner Speaker for the Ball. The judge gave a very interesting, engaging and moving speech on advocacy in the criminal jurisdiction at all levels, but with specific reference to the International Criminal Court.

The Student Law Society is to be commended for its excellent organisation leading up to the Ball. Once again, it proved to be a very convivial and enjoyable event, providing the Law students with ample opportunities to meet members of the legal profession and the judiciary in a relaxed social setting, strengthening still further our many links with the world of professional practice.

For more information, visit the University of Surrey Student Law Society website or explore the School of Law online. You can also learn more about our undergraduate programmes in Law, Law with Criminology, and Law with International Studies.

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