Lecture - Birkenhead XI

30 October 2018 - 18:00 to 20:15

The Right Honourable Sir Terence Etherton, Master of The Rolls and Bencher of the Inn will deliver this year's annual Birkenhead lecture:

'The Road to Tyranny:

The Continuing Legal Legacy and Lessons of Nazi Germany'

The First Earl of Birkenhead

The first Earl of Birkenhead, Frederick Edwin Smith GCSI, PC, KC was widely known for his witty retorts in both politics and the law.   He was a renowned  debater, barrister and parliamentary performer.  However, his  witticisms could also be considered offensive.  Indeed, his offensiveness took on an almost mythical nature in the retelling of his retorts in both Parliament and in the courtroom.  

The event

Barrister members of all four Inns, solicitors and student members of Gray's Inn may attend this event.  

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Registration: 17:45
Location: Hall
Qualifying Session (QS): 1 QS 
Equivalent to 1 CPD hour (view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD)

You must present your printed bar coded ticket at the door to enter the lecture.


Booking will open approximately 8 weeks prior to the event and will close, (for barrister members) 4 clear working days and (for student members) 5 clear working days before the event. 

Members can book and pay online for most Inn events via the Gray's Inn Online System (GIOS):

Member login: Gray's Inn Online System (GIOS).

Non-members can register for a GIOS account to book events available to non-members.


  • Students (Gray’s Inn student members only): £10
  • Barristers within 3 years of Call: £10
  • All others: £15

 Contact the Education Department with any questions regarding this event. 

Qualifying Sessions

You must present your printed bar coded ticket at the door to enter and be accredited with a QS. 

The dress code for all Qualifying Sessions (QSs) unless otherwise stated is:

  • dark suits with white shirts (men and women) and ties (men)
  • gowns (students, barristers and benchers - except guests)

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.