Lord Mayor of London: commerce is nothing without rule of law

Speaking to an audience of judges and legal professionals at tonight’s [7 July 2021] virtual Address to the Judiciary, Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell will outline how the City of London Corporation will continue to support the UK’s legal sector by “investing in accommodation and innovation”.

Calling rule of law “one of the UK’s greatest exports”, the Lord Mayor will say that the City is “known as a place of great commerce” but it would “mean nothing if our judiciary, our lawyers and every person in the legal sector didn’t maintain our rule of law”.

The Lord Mayor will speak of plans by the City Corporation for a new ‘Justice Quarter’ development on Salisbury Square, which includes an 18-courtroom facility and new headquarters for the City of London Police.

He says the project would create 400 jobs, and a new “legal link” between the Square Mile and Fleet Street.

The Lord Mayor will also hail the importance of LawTech, saying “the UK has established its bona fides to be the world leader of legal innovation.”

Highlighting the work of the City Corporation to support the sector, the Lord Mayor will welcome the recent Lawtech Innovation Ambassador programme, calling it “a huge success, creating fresh ideas which could be adopted by the sector”.

The Lord Mayor also pays homage to the work of the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) during the pandemic, thanking the judges and staff for their “dedication to their work”.

Notes to editors

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