Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2021 with Sir Geoffrey Vos

Date / time
Date(s) - 04/11/2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The annual Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2021 took place on 4 November, held over Zoom.

The speaker was Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls, with his lecture entitled How judges work: A reappraisal for the 21st Century.

You can watch the lecture here.

Sir Geoffrey Vos

Sir Geoffrey Vos was called to the Bar in 1977, and took silk (QC) in 1993. He was appointed as a Justice of the High Court assigned to the Chancery Division in October 2009. Between 2005 and 2009 he was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009. He sat as a Deputy High Court Judge from 1999 until 2009. He was the Chairman of the Bar Council in 2007. He became President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary in January 2015.

Sir Geoffrey was appointed Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales with effect from 24 October 2016.

He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013. He was appointed Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice on 11 January 2021.

Tom Sargant

Tom Sargant was JUSTICE’s Secretary – broadly equivalent to today’s Director – from its foundation in 1957 to his retirement in 1982.

As a result of his commitment, persistence and determination, JUSTICE played a key role in taking up the cause of miscarriage of justice cases. His tireless campaigning resulted in some 25 people being released, or released early, from prison. He was instrumental in many of the cases featured in the BBC Rough Justice series.

Tom also played a major role in bringing about other key measures such as the creation of the office of Ombudsman and the establishment of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

He died in 1988.

Each year, we recognise Tom’s work by inviting a high profile speaker – from practice, the judiciary, academia or politics to speak at the Memorial Lecture.