Vice Chancellor, it is my pleasure to read the citation for Her Honour Judge Lindsay Davies for the award of Honorary Fellowship.
Judge Davies studied Law at University College of Wales Aberystwyth, before being called to the Bar in 1975.
She became Head of Fenners Chambers in Cambridge, before becoming an Assistant Recorder in 1998 and a Recorder in 2000. In 2012, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit.
She has been a trustee of the Cambridge and Ely Child Contact Centres and is now their Patron.
As the lynchpin of our local Family Law community and of the wider Cambridge legal community, we are extremely proud and grateful to have had Judge Davies’ endorsement and visible, vocal support for the University’s Law Clinic.
Judge Davies has always given her backing to this initiative for the benefits it brings to both students and our local community.
Since the opening of the Clinic in May 2018, Judge Davies has supported our students through training in the County Court, often involving her judicial colleagues.
She has also instigated and supported students with projects such as developing and launching websites aimed at providing the public with help and information about the way the Family Court works. She has encouraged the Support court initiative which enables students to attend court and support unrepresented parties.
Lindsay has commissioned an innovative research project between ARU and the Cambridgeshire Family Law Courts that aims to improve both the use of court resources, and the experience of all parties, in cases involving protection through family law processes.
As a key supporter of Resolution – the organisation for family solicitors – Judge Davies has actively encouraged a strong relationship between its professional members and our students.
She has also supported social events run by the Law Clinic and very kindly taken the time to write supporting statements to accompany nominations of the Law Clinic for both national and local legal and pro bono awards.
The University is proud to be associated with Judge Davies, and we hope that through this Award, we can show our appreciation and gratitude for the unwavering support Judge Davies has offered the Law Clinic and its students.
And Judge Davies will continue to be an excellent role model to all the students and staff of our Law School.Vice Chancellor, it is my pleasure to present Her Honour Judge Lindsay Davies for the award of Honorary Fellowship.