Baroness Kennedy will offer a fresh perspective on the growing relevance of third party litigation funders in the civil justice system, and will urge those involved in litigation funding to never lose sight of the fundamental importance of access to justice.
Baroness Kennedy has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.
Steven Friel, Chief Investment Officer at Woodsford Litigation Funding, said: “There are two main reasons that we have decided to work with the University of Westminster and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC on the inaugural Woodsford Litigation Funding Lecture. First, whilst there has been significant growth in the litigation funding market in the last five years, there remains an education gap, with many experienced litigators and judges, not to mentioned students, uncertain of the legal and practical implications of litigation funding. We hope to help bridge that education gap.
“Second, as more and more capital is deployed into litigation funding, we believe that the access to justice element of what we do should not be forgotten. There is no one better than Baroness Kennedy to help deliver that message.”
The lecture will be followed by an informal drinks reception, and an opportunity for discussion and networking.