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Sir Mark Hedley DL with University of Chester Law School students, Johnmally Brown, Louise Brand, and Mohammed Alenzi.

Sir Mark Hedley DL has presided over some of the most important cases ever heard in the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Protection. He was a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2013. Among some of the more high profile cases he presided over was the Charlotte Wyatt case. He also made legal history a decade ago as the first judge to allow journalists into the Court of Protection. Previous to this he was a barrister in Liverpool from 1969 to 1992, and then became a Circuit Judge with special responsibility for training judges in family law at the Judicial College.

Law student Janessa Prendergast said: “Thank you to the Law School for arranging for Sir Mark Hedley to give these lectures. I found them to be very informative and thought his perspective from a practice view point was very interesting.”

Organiser Rosie Sinclair, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chester Law School, said: “We were delighted that Sir Mark Hedley was able to join us, and provide such an interesting account of his career in law. His lectures related to child and family law and Sir Mark's judicial experience in key and sometimes controversial cases. Our law students really enjoyed and benefited from his insightful and fascinating comments. Reading a case report is one thing, but gaining an understanding of how cases are actually decided in practice was illuminating!”

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