The Rt Hon The Lord Briggs of Westbourne, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will deliver the 33rd Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, entitled International Commerce: Mapping the Law in a Borderless World on 5 November 2019.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lord Briggs has participated and delivered judgment in numerous landmark cases involving important issues of commercial law.
Lord Briggs was in charge of the extensive Lehman insolvency litigation from 2009 to 2013, following the global collapse of the international financial services firm Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Recently, he delivered judgment in the UK Supreme Court case of MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd (2018), an important decision on the formation and variation of commercial contracts, where Lord Briggs commended the “incremental development of the common law which accords more closely with the conceptual analysis adopted in most other common law jurisdictions”.
Lord Michael Townley Featherstone Briggs was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court on 2 October 2017.
He was educated at Charterhouse School and read law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He was admitted to the English Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 1978, and was the Junior Counsel to Crown Chancery from 1990 to 1994. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1994, and was widely recognised as a leading commercial and chancery barrister.
Lord Briggs was made a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 2001. In the same year, he was appointed as the Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster, a post he held until his appointment to the High Court in 2006. From 2012 to 2013, Lord Briggs was Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster.
In 2013, Lord Briggs was elevated to the Court of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council. In 2016, he was appointed Deputy Head of Civil Justice of the Court of Appeal.