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Cotter Cruickshank (Classics) Lecture – The Classics and the Man of Law

11 MARCH 2021


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Join us for the biennial classics lecture named in memory of former members of staff Cotter and Cruickshank, two distinguished classicists. This year’s speaker will be The Rt Hon Sir David Bean, OP (1962-71).

David Bean was a pupil at Colet Court from 1962-67 and St Paul’s from 1967-71: the first year at Hammersmith, then from 1968 at Barnes. His A levels were Latin (Dr Cruickshank), Greek (Martin Hammond) and French (Philip McGuinness, also his housemaster at School House) in 1970 and Ancient History (John Smith) in 1971. One of his classmates from 1964 to 1971 was Peter King, who went on to teach at St Paul’s for many years. In December 1971 David was awarded an Exhibition at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Lent Term 1975 and graduated with a first in Law in June 1975. Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1976, he was appointed a QC in 1997 and was elected Chairman of the Bar Council in 2002.

He was appointed a High Court judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2004 and promoted to be a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2014. He was Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales from 2015-18 and Treasurer (non-executive president) of Middle Temple in 2019.

His interests include opera, hill walking and books.

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