We are delighted to invite you to our DLA Piper Annual Lecture with Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, on Wednesday, 16 February 2022.

The conversation will be led by Polly Toynbee, political and social commentator for The Guardian and there will be opportunity for audience Q&A.

Keir will speak on his philosophical, intellectual and political influences; those that shaped him as a person and propelled him into the legal profession and to the very top of political life. Keir will also set out his vision for Britain and give a unique insight into the man beyond the image.

The event will be held virtually and, depending on government guidelines at the time, in person for a limited number at our London office, 160 Aldersgate Street.

Guests of honour

Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party

Prior to becoming an MP, Keir was a human rights lawyer. He co-founded Doughty Street Chambers in 1990, and conducted cases in a wide range of international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights. In 2008, Keir was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales, a role he held until 2013. Keir studied law at Leeds University and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and has published several books including Three Pillars of Liberty: Political Rights and Freedoms in the UK (1996) and European Human Rights Law (1999). Keir was first elected as the MP for Holborn and St Pancras in 2015. He lives in the constituency with his wife and two children and is an avid Arsenal fan.

Polly Toynbee, British journalist and writer

Polly Toynbee, Guardian political and social commentator, is a former BBC Social Affairs Editor. She has won national press awards as Commentator of the Year and the George Orwell Prize. Her books include A Working Life, Hospital, Lost Children, and Hard Work: Life in Low Pay Britain. With David Walker, books include Unjust Rewards, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? And most recently, The Lost Decade 2010-2020.


6:30 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

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