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On 13 November 2017 at the Annual General Meeting of the Statute Law Society held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square, I was elected as a Member of the Council.  I am looking forward very much to working with colleagues on the Council to continue the important work of the Society.  After the AGM there was a public lecture, at which the Society heard a fascinating analysis of the concepts of legislative intent and purpose from Sir John Laws who retired recently from the Court of Appeal

On 17 and 18 November 2016 I attended a symposium in Melbourne organised by the La Trobe University Law School's Centre for Legislation, Its Interpretation and Drafting.  The symposium was attended by judges, academics and practitioner.  I participated as Commentator at a session that heard papers by two legislative drafters on issues including the desirablity of consistency (which I have often argued is an impossible and undesirable aim).

On 7 September 2016 I spoke at the Society of Legal Scholars' Annual Conference in St Catherine's College, Oxford - the session was entitled Modern Statutory Interpretation, chaired by Lady Justice Arden, with Lord Justice Sales and Professor John Bell.  My contribution was an argument that judges have started to look at parliamentary and other materials that are misleading without understanding the political and practical realities - see