OU Annual Law Lecture 2017: Brexit – “A rocky path to sunlit uplands”

Many of you will be aware of, and may have entered, the Tom Bingham Essay Competition 2017. The prize-giving for this will take place at the annual law lecture hosted by the Open University Law School. However, you may not be aware that the law lecture in its-self, offers a valuable opportunity to network and put your questions to one of Europe’s most influential competition lawyers, Sir Nicholas Forwood QC.

This year’s law lecture is chaired by the Head of The Open University law School, Paul Catley, and focuses on the ‘sunlit uplands’ that pro-Brexit politicians may have promised and whether there is even a path to reach them. Sir Nicholas asks; what are the perils, and how can the cliff-edge be avoided?


Sir Nicholas Forwood QC

Sir Nicholas Forwood QC

“Sir Nicholas has long been regarded as one of Europe’s most influential competition lawyers and was called to the English Bar in 1970. After eight years’ practice in London, he moved to Brussels in 1979 to set up a new chambers of barristers specialising in EU and competition law. He practised extensively in this field, before both the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance (now the General Court of the EU). Sir Nicholas was also called to the Irish bar in 1982, and made Queen’s Counsel in 1987. In 1999 he was appointed to the CJEU as a judge of the Court of First Instance of the EC. Over the following 16 years as a judge of the General Court of the EU, Sir Nicholas Forwood took part in many of the General Court’s leading judgments, dealing with more than 1500 cases, 464 of which were as reporting judge.”

(Courtesy of the Open University Law School – http://law-school.open.ac.uk/events/evening-sir-nicholas-forwood-qc)


As this event is for law Students and alumni only, it offers the perfect opportunity to meet fellow students, network with successful alumni, and gain an exclusive insight into the current political and legal climate, in the face of Brexit. Join the OULS Chair and Tom Bingham Essay Competition winners for a fun and informative evening.

The event will be held at Church House Westminster, London on Tuesday April 25th in between 17:30 and 21:00. Tickets are £30 per person and we advise booking early as places are limited.

For more information, please see the OU Law School’s full article here: http://law-school.open.ac.uk/events/evening-sir-nicholas-forwood-qc.


Written by James Sudworth – OULS News Editor



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