Annual Birkenhead Lecture XIV

15 November 2021 - 18:00 to 20:30

The 14th annual Birkenhead Lecture. 

Louise Gullifer QC (hon), FBA will deliver this year's annual Birkenhead lecture on 'The private law of digital assets: what is it and what should it be?'

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Registration Location: Bencher's entrance / online
Registration: 5.30pm
Qualifying Session
Equivalent to 1 CPD hour (view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD)
Dress code: Dark suits

The Lecture

Digital assets, such as ‘crypto-currencies’, ‘crypto-securities’ and NFTs are becoming an increasingly significant part of the financial and investment landscape.  Regulators around the world are looking carefully at this market segment, but it is also important to consider the private law rules and principles applying to these types of assets. Is it appropriate to apply existing concepts and principles, or are the difficulties insuperable?  If so, what should the law be?  What is the best means by which the law is clarified: case law or legislation (or a mixture of both)? Drawing on work done by national and international bodies in this area, including projects in which she is involved run by UNIDROIT and the Law Commission of England and Wales, Professor Louise Gullifer will explore these questions and issues.


Open to all.  

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Cost online

  • All: £5

Cost in-person

  • Students (Gray’s Inn student members only) and their guests: £8
  • All others: £15

Joining online

This event will also be delivered remotely using Zoom. A link to the join the event will be sent by email 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time. Please ensure you have joined before the session is due to start. 

Qualifying Sessions 

Qualifying Session (QS): 1 QS
Theme: Legal Knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law
Learning outcomes:

  • Analyse concepts and principles in relation to the rule of law, the administration of justice and the Bar of England and Wales.
  • Contribute to legal debate and discussion.
  • Develop legal knowledge and understanding through discussion with practitioners.

This QS relates to the following elements of the Professional Statement for Barristers:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.1, 4.1
Preparation required: No

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