Lady Chief Justice to deliver keynote address at Society conference

Posted on: February 8, 2024 by Claire Meadows

The Lady Chief Justice, the Baroness Carr of Walton-on-the-Hill, will deliver a keynote address at the Society of Editors’ upcoming 25th Anniversary Conference.

Taking place on 30 April 2024 in London, the conference will see more than 150 leading editors and news executives come together to debate the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Announcing Baroness Carr’s participation, Kamal Ahmed, President of the Society of Editors, said: “As the first Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales we are delighted that Baroness Carr has chosen the Society’s upcoming 25th anniversary conference to speak to an audience of leading journalists.

“Alongside the importance of open justice and transparency, we look forward to hearing her ambitions for the role as well as her thoughts on how the industry may work with the judiciary to increase coverage of courts both at a local and national level.”

Called to the Bar in 1987, and specialising in general commercial law, Baroness Carr took silk in 2003 and became Chair of the Professional Negligence Bar Association in 2007 and Chair of the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee in 2008. She was appointed as the Complaints Commissioner to the International Criminal Court in the Hague in 2011 and was later appointed to the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division in 2013. She became a Presider of the Midland Circuit in 2016 until 2020, when she was appointed as a Lady Justice of Appeal. In the same year she was also appointed as the senior Judicial Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission, a position she held until January 2023. Baroness Carr took up the role of Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales in October 2023.

The future of AI and journalism, re-setting police and media relations, war reporting and engaging new audiences in politics will also be key focuses of the high-profile summit in the Spring. Other confirmed speakers include Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times, Danielle Sheridan, Defence Editor at The Telegraph, Kate Ferguson, Political Editor at The Sun on Sunday, Rebecca Camber, Chair of the Crime Reporters Association, Jody Doherty-Cove, Head of Editorial AI at Newsquest, Maria Breslin, Editor of the Liverpool Echo and Charlie Beckett, Director of JournalismAI and Polis at the LSE. More speakers will be announced in the coming days.

Booking is now open with an early-bird booking rate available before 20 February. To enquire, please email