Elizabethan Club Dinner 2017
Thursday, 9th November 7pm up School, 8pm College Hall
Booking: Opens Play Term
We are honoured that former Elizabethan Club President and President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger (WW, 1961-65) will speak at this year's Elizabethan Club Dinner.
Lord Neuberger is Britain's most senior judge and oversaw the landmark Brexit case at the Supreme Court. President of the Supreme Court since 2012, he steps down in September. His perspective on the case and the treatment of the judiciary (on which he has recently been quoted in the press) are sure to make for a fascinating speech. In a recent interview for the Today programme on Radio 4 Lord Neuberger was quoted as saying:
“We [judges in general] were certainly not well treated...One has to be careful about being critical of the press, particularly as a lawyer or judge, because our view of life is very different from that of the media. I think some of what was said was undermining the rule of law.”
After leaving Westminster, David Neuberger went on to study Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford.
Following a brief spell in the world of investment banking, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1974, where he became a Bencher in 1993. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1987 and was a Recorder from 1990 to 1996, when he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and received the customary knighthood. In 2001, he was made Supervisory Chancery Judge of the Midland, Wales and Chester, and of the Western Circuits, a post he held until 2004, when he was promoted to become a Lord Justice of Appeal and a member of the Privy Council.
In 2007, he became Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was made a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury. His rise to the Court of Appeal and then to the House of Lords is one of the quickest in recent times. In 2009 he was appointed Master of the Rolls.
Many OWW move overseas for study, work or family and we are always looking to expand our global network to provide support before and after the big move. We have a particularly large US OW contingent and 'The Friends of Westminster School - US' helps us to provide useful services for this group (details below) but wherever you are in the world we hope you will find an OW group that helps you to make new links in your country or region.
The Friends of Westminster School US
US University Mentoring
A growing number of pupils now apply to US universities and in 2016, for the first time, we matched pupils with places at US universities with OW alumni of their chosen establishments. We are pleased to report that 20 new links have been made so far - if you would like to be involved in this extremely worthwhile project and offer advice on life on campus, housing and extra-curricular activities at your old college please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the US attracts more Westminster pupils for study, more stay on and try to find work after they graduate. We aim to help provide advice to OWW at university by linking them with those working in their chosen profession in the US. Please email email@example.com to request advice or act as a mentor.
New York is our largest centre for events and OWW are invited to meet up with visiting pupils and staff each year in October to coincide with the pupils' US Universities Tour (2015 event pictured right). Please do email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you are on the invitation list for this event. We also have OW representatives who organise gatherings in Washington DC and California.
New York Drinks 2016 - Wednesday, 19th October (photos below)
It was wonderful to see so many OWW at our New York Drinks on Wednesday, 19th October. Our thanks to Her Majesty's Consul General in New York, Antonia Romeo (WW, 1990-92), who welcomed us to the at the British Residence, and to the Elizabethan Club for hosting the event. We also thank Liz Brown (WW, 1991-93) who gave such a fascinating account of her career as an investigative journalist. Photos from the event may be viewed below.