JUSTICE AGM and Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2017

This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 5.30pm on Thursday 24 October 2017 at Shearman & Sterling LLP, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP. As a member of JUSTICE, this is where you get to have your say on the priorities of the organisation and meet with like-minded individuals who also support our work. Please email events@justice.org.uk to let us know you will be attending. You must be a member of JUSTICE.

The AGM will be followed by the Tom Sargant Memorial Annual Lecture at 6.30pm. The 2017 annual lecture, will be delivered by Max Hill QC who will be talking about his work as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. The lecture, titled ‘Rights vs Security: the challenge engaged’, is open to the general public but JUSTICE members and Friends will be given priority booking.  The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapes. JUSTICE members will get priority booking for the lecture.

The Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture is free, although donations are always welcome.

Family, friends and colleagues welcome but everyone who wants to attend the lecture needs to sign up below.


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. You can read more about Tom Sargant and his work in this blog by Jon Robins.