Special Event
Professionalism - Have we "had enough of experts"?
Event Details

Professor Dame Jane Dacre DBE MD FRCP, President of the Medical Protection Society
Sir David Behan CBE, Chair of Health Education England
Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar Council
Alan Kershaw, Chair of the Legal Services Board

Chair: Sir Robert Francis KC, Treasurer

5.30pm: Doors open
6pm: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
7.30pm: Reception

This session is about something that concerns us all at the Bar and should worry the public as well. It is a concern increasingly affecting all professions. All professionals acting in the course of their work and all who express an opinion on an issue on which they have special knowledge are often opposed on the grounds there is nothing special or authoritative about experts. Worse, their good faith is also questioned. Mr Gove may have been [slightly] misquoted, but those working in the legal system are frequently attacked. From immigration and human rights lawyers being scorned as “activists” to judges being labelled as “enemies of the people”, arguments are advanced on controversial issues by personal attacks on professionals rather than directly addressing the issue in question.

We have assembled a panel of distinguished speakers from the legal and other professions to discuss how we can address common misconceptions and how we can all help the public understand the vital contribution to society professionalism makes.

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Cancel by: 24/11/2023


Start Date: 28th November 2023 at 6:00 pm


End Date: 28th November 2023 at 7:30 pm


Inner Temple Lecture Theatre


Business attire


Open to: Members of the Inns


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