Lord Chief Justice – Legal Wales Conference closing keynote speech

It has been too long since we have met in person for a Legal Wales Conference. COVID-19 is not behind us but as life returns to something that looks like normal it is a great pleasure to be back in Cardiff and to join at least some of you in person.

The programme today has been wide ranging and of great interest. I am grateful to you for allowing me to say a few words at the close of the conference. I would like to take this opportunity to look forward to developments in the jurisdiction of England and Wales as the crisis caused by COVID-19 moves into a sustained period of recovery.

Many events were cancelled including the opening of the legal year in Wales and this conference could not take place in its normal way.

We will be marking the opening of the legal year on Sunday, as we did in London last week, albeit with much reduced numbers, and so now is a good time to take stock.