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Recorder of London receives honorary degree from City Law School

His Honour, Judge Nicholas Hilliard receives his degree for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

His Honour, Judge Nicholas Hilliard, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree during City, University of London's graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, July 18th.

Since 2015, Judge Hilliard has been the Recorder of London, an ancient legal office of the City of London, appointed by the Crown with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor on the recommendation of the City of London Corporation. 

He is the most senior of the permanent judges at the Old Bailey and has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Bar and on the Bench.

Accepting his honorary degree, Judge Hilliard called upon graduands to take responsibility for others. 

He said:

So often what makes anything good at all out of a bad situation, in so many contexts, is one person taking some responsibility for someone else. And whether you have studied law, mathematics or computer science and engineering, there will be opportunities for you to do that if you want to. Sir Winston Churchill put it this way: “We make our living by what we earn, but we make our life by what we give.”

His Honour Judge Hilliard received his education at Bradfield College, Berkshire and Lincoln College, University of Oxford.

As a young boy, he was influenced by the popular television series, Crown Court, which captured his imagination and spurred his ambition toward the Criminal Bar.

Called to the Bar in 1981, Judge Hilliard‘s career involved criminal cases and inquests including appearances as Counsel to the Coroner at the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and of Jean Charles de Menezes. 

In 2001, His Honour Judge Hilliard was appointed Recorder of the Crown Court. In 2003, he became a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple. He was Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court from 1995 to 2008, after which he took Silk and was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel.

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