The 1999 Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture was given on Monday November 29th at the Law Society Building in Chancery Lane, London.

The Speaker was Lord Williams of Mostyn QC - the Attorney-General.

Lord Williams was appointed as Her Majesty's Attorney General in July this year. He has been the Minister of State at the Home Office since 1998, and the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords since 1998.

From 1997-98 Lord Williams was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the House of Lords for the Home Office, with special responsibility for Constitutional Issues. Lord Williams was Opposition Spokesman on Legal Affairs between 1992-97, and Northern Ireland between 1993-97.

He was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1965, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1978. A Recorder of the Crown Court between 1978-97, Lord Williams was also a Deputy High Court Judge between 1986-97. Lord Williams was Chairman of the Bar Council from 1992-93.

Lord Williams was educated at Rhyl Grammar School, and Queen's College

Cambridge. He is a Fellow at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, and was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University College of North Wales in 1994. Lord Williams has been Pro-Chancellor at the University of Wales since 1995.

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