LoftusLaw Goes To London

In another departure from the topic of real estate, I am pleased to report that LoftusLaw (basically just me) had the honor of spending a week in London, UK soaking in the sites and learning about the UK legal system and the legal traditions we share with our brothers and sisters across the pond.  I would like to give a huge thanks to the Chicago Bar Association, and especially Beth McMeen for organizing the trip.  It is no small feat to get over 100 attorneys and their guests moving in the same direction for three straight days!

The highlight of the trip was a banquet at the Inner Temple Main Hall.  The Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court in London.  All barristers in England and Wales must be a member of one of the Inns.  The exact date of founding of the Inner Temple is unknown, but it certainly existed no later than 1388 (according to Wikipedia at least).  Suffice to say there is a lot of history to soak in there!

After dinner, we were treated to a few words by Robin Griffith-Jones, the Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple (what a title!) and Justice of the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Lord Hughes of Ombersley.  The Master of the Temple is actually referred to by Dan Brown in the DaVinci Code!  Although the Master does not recall his meeting with Dan Brown (pre book), Brown apparently caught the Master on a bad day (you can read all about it in the Master’s book).  Both speakers were extremely entertaining.  To top of the evening, we were treated to a violin and piano concert in the Temple Church, which dates back to the 12th century.  Sara Su Jones and Neil Posner, both lawyers and CBA members, provided us with beautiful music.  The whole evening was a night that I will not soon forget.

There were many other highlights on the trip (Windsor Castle, Royal Courts of Justice, Middle Temple Hall, etc.).  Feel free to ask about them!  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at 773-632-8330 or patrick@loftus-law.com.  And finally, as always, I am honored by your referrals.  To learn more about my practice, please contact me!

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