Speech by Mr Justice Foxton: Edmund King Memorial Lecture

Mr Justice Foxton, who sits in the Commercial Court, has delivered a lecture in memory of Edmund King QC to the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).

Entitled “What did the French ever do for us? Historic and prospective French influences on English private law”, the speech addressed the influence of French legal writers and concepts on the development of English private law.

In his speech, Mr Justice Foxton said: “It is my great privilege and pleasure to have been asked by COMBAR to deliver this lecture in honour of Edmund King QC, a much admired and much missed member of the Commercial bar.

“I have spoken elsewhere of how Edmund managed to combine his many achievements within the law with a broad hinterland outside of it.

“An important part of that hinterland was Edmund’s great love of France and of French language and culture, and he was astute in detecting cross-channel influences in unlikely places.”

Mr Justice Foxton’s full speech can be read below.