Edinburgh Law School welcomes the United Kingdom's Supreme Court

Reception was held in the Playfair Library on 13 June 2017

On 13 June 2017, Edinburgh Law School held a reception to commemorate the sitting of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Edinburgh. This was the first sitting of the Court in Scotland, marking a momentous occasion for the Supreme Court, Edinburgh Law School and the Edinburgh legal community at large.

Held in the historic Playfair Library, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh, opened the reception with a welcome to the University and noted Edinburgh’s long and illustrious legal history. As Dean and Head of Edinburgh Law School, Professor Martin Hogg also welcomed the justices to Edinburgh and offered the School’s support to the Court in their endeavours.

Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court, thanked the University and Edinburgh Law School for their support and hospitality; he also underscored his hope for this to be the first of a number of visits to the capital cities of the devolved nations.

Professor Martin Hogg, Head and Dean of School, commented:

 "The Edinburgh Law School was thrilled to host the United Kingdom Supreme Court Justices to a reception at the University’s Playfair Library during the court’s historic sitting in Edinburgh. The Law School is committed to widening access to legal services and education, and the Court’s decision to take its business out of London into the wider United Kingdom is very much in the spirit of wider access to justice. I was therefore happy to communicate to the Justices the Law School’s support for this commendable enterprise. The Law School staff and students present at the reception very much enjoyed meeting the Justices, and we were especially pleased to welcome back two of our own graduates (Lords Hodge and Reed) from among their number.”