The Liver Building

Conkerton Memorial Lecture


Speaker: Sir Mark Hedley

Date: Wednesday 18th March, 2020

Time: 5.30pm for 6.15pm

Liverpool Town Hall

Event Code: S4415


We are delighted to announce Sir Mark Hedley will be giving the 13th Conkerton Memorial Lecture.

Judicial Discretion: is it compatible with Justice? 

Sir Mark will explore the tensions between certainty (justice) and the right individual result (discretion) as well as the
conflicts of values in the actual exercise of discretion.

This event is open to all those in the legal profession and students of law (undergraduates upwards).

There will be a photographer from 5:30 – 6:30 to capture the evening.

This event is free to attend.


The Conkerton Memorial Fund was set up to recognise the devotion of Mr. and Mrs. Conkerton to the furtherance of legal education and with the specific intention of bringing together the legal profession and students of law at the universities of the City.

John and Mary Conkerton are still fondly remembered by many practitioners throughout Merseyside for their enormous contribution to legal education in Liverpool, initially on the Finals Course at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University) and later the Degree Courses at Liverpool University.

After they both died in 1979, the Conkerton Memorial Fund was established by a charitable trust deed on 9 September 1980. Every few years since then the Conkerton Memorial Lecture has been organised.

We hope to have many members of the legal profession, judiciary, academics and students of Law at the Lecture.  Book your place now.

Light refreshments in the Hall of Remembrance

Lecture by Sir Mark Hedley, DL in the Council Chamber

Questions & Answers

Speaker Biographies

Sir Mark Hedley has lived with his family in Liverpool since 1971 having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1968 and been called to the bar in 1969.  He practised the law in those fields that affect those at the bottom of the social pile before becoming a Circuit Judge in 1992. From 1997 to 2002 he was Course Director in Family Law at what is now the Judicial College.

In 2002 he was appointed High Court Judge and assigned to the Family Division, becoming also a judge of the Court of Protection in 2007.  He has been a Reader in the Church of England since 1975 and was Chancellor of the Diocese of Liverpool from 2004 to 2018.  After retirement in 2013 he is now visiting Professor of Law at Liverpool Hope University. In 2017 Sir Mark published The Modern Judge — Power, Responsibility and Society’s Expectations which has been very well received.