Parmoor lecture

The Howard League lecture

The Howard League Parmoor Lecture was held on Thursday 24 October 2013 at Clifford Chance, London. 

Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Chairman of the Sentencing Council gave the lecture, Achieving consistency in sentencing.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Leveson

The Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson was born and brought up in Liverpool, being educated at Liverpool College and, thereafter, at Merton College Oxford. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1970 and practiced from chambers in Liverpool, across the full range of the common law including crime, personal injury and commercial work. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986 when he moved his chambers to Manchester. 

Sir Brian became a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1988 and, later, a Deputy High Court Judge. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, in 2000, and served as a Presiding Judge of the Northern circuit between 2002 and 2005 when he was appointed to the new position of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2006 and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales for three years ending in December 2009 when he was appointed as Chairman-designate of the Sentencing Council which had been established under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.  The Council started its work in April 2010. He was chosen to chair the Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the Press in late 2011. He published his Report in November 2012.

Sir Brian is an honorary fellow of Merton College, Oxford and has received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Liverpool.  Now living in London, he is married with have three children. 


The Right Honourable Lord Justice Leveson