Named after the legendary legal pioneer Dame Rose Heilbron QC, our new lecture series aims to champion female experts in the legal profession by giving them a platform to deliver thought-provoking lectures that shape the debate on topical legal issues. We also hope to thereby counter the often male-dominated lecture circuit.

Each year will focus on a different topical theme.


Our Inaugural Lecture 2020:


Love, Law and Government in the time of Coronavirus‘ by Kirsty Brimelow QC


Our inaugural lecture was held on Tuesday 1 December via Zoom and was on the topic ‘freedom’. It was delivered by Kirsty Brimelow QC, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and leading expert in international human rights and criminal law. Kirsty’s fascinating and timely lecture was titled ‘Love, Law and Government’ and reflected on the response to Covid-19, what it means for individual human rights, the common good and ultimately what future lies ahead for British society.

We were also honoured to be joined by Lady Arden, who introduced the lecture series with a few inspiring words about her admiration for Dame Rose Heilbron QC. Drawing the event to a fitting close, Dame Rose’s very own daughter Hilary Heilbron QC shared a tribute to the legacy of her mother. 

You can watch the lecture recording here: 

You can also read the full lecture script below.