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Frances, 2nd Year

Past Events

Members and their guests have been busy attending a wide range of events. Reports and photographs are below.

Friday 5 MAY 2017

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm – Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

Thursday 23 MAR 2017

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A Night at English National Opera

6:00pm – London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4ES

Tuesday 14 MAR 2017

Intellectual Property Lecture


Read Dr Howard Read (1989)'s review of Professor Elkin-Koren's lecture here:

Friday 10 MAR 2017

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm – Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

John Bryden (1965) and Josie Robertson (2008) gave the audience much pleasure with their violin and piano recital. Josie started with the Largo and Allegro assai from Bach's violin sonata in C, BWV 1005. John followed with Elgar's Dream children, op. 43, and then together they played Elgar's Violin sonata, op. 82.

Tuesday 7 MAR 2017

Master's Visit to Boston

7:00pm – The Harvard Club of Boston

The Master and her husband Bob Merrill, together with the College’s Development Director, Sarah Bendall, made a brief visit to Boston in March.

They held a dinner for Emma members, family and friends at The Harvard Club of Boston and were delighted to see around 50 people there, ranging from the Emma graduates currently studying at Harvard on Herchel Smith scholarships to other members who were at Emmanuel rather longer ago.

Tuesday 7 MAR 2017

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London Drinks


Wednesday 1 FEB 2017

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Reflections on the Hillsborough Inquests: 2014 – 2016


We were delighted to welcome Christina Lambert, Lead Counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests and Henrietta Hill, Counsel for 22 families, to College to give a talk reflecting on the Hillsborough Inquests between 2014 and 2016, followed by a drinks reception and a buffet supper.

In March 2014, fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster were opened before a jury at a specially created court in Warrington. Over the course of the following two years the jury heard from 620 witnesses including fans, police officers, club staff and members of the ambulance service. Expert evidence was called from a number of disciplines: structural engineering, policing, pre-hospital emergency care and forensic pathology. In April 2016, the jury returned their narrative conclusions concerning the deaths stating, amongst other matters, that the fans had been unlawfully killed.

Christina and Henrietta spoke about:

  • Why fresh inquests were ordered
  • Our differing roles in the inquests
  • The practical and legal challenges which the inquests presented, and the solutions
  • The wider perspective: concurrent investigations and possible future legal action.

Christina read History at Emmanuel. She was called to the Bar in 1988. She practises in the fields of clinical negligence, professional discipline and inquests/inquiries. Before her appointment to the Hillsborough Inquests she was Leading Counsel to the Dame Janet Smith Review into the conduct of Jimmy Savile and the linked investigation into the conduct of Stuart Hall. The Review was independent of the BBC and set up by the BBC Executive Board (chaired in that instance by Dame Fiona Reynolds).  

Henrietta read Law at Emmanuel. She was a Herchel Smith Scholar to Harvard where she specialised in human rights. She was called to the Bar in 1997 and now practises in inquests, discrimination law, claims against the police and related public law cases. She also sits part-time as an Assistant Coroner and Deputy High Court Master.

Friday 13 JAN 2017

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Christmas Members' Gathering in Chicago


While our annual Emmanuel Society pre-Christmas drinks in Chicago ended up post-Christmas this year (because, surprise surprise, we had a snow-storm!), members gathered from both Wisconsin and Illinois to enjoy a lively evening on the auspicious date of Friday, January 13th. Topics ranged from rowing (a lot about rowing) to the weather (of course) immigration issues (always a lively subject for ex-pats) and - this being America - bear-hunting. We're hoping again to have a summer gathering with our families.

Wednesday 4 JAN 2017

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