Celebrating 10 years of supporting in-house lawyers contribute more….and a 150 years of the suffragette movement

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Around 80 LBC Alumni gathered at the House of Commons to celebrate the successful and ever-popular LBCambridge series. The two day residential course helps to give in-house lawyers the insights and tools to succeed and has been running over 10 years and involved over 570 delegates from 26 countries and 5 continents. LexisNexis was proud to once again sponsor the Alumni event and continue to support this valuable programme.

The evening was opened by Paul Gilbert, CEO of LBC Wise, to welcome guests before Colonel Bob Stewart DSO, MP for Beckenham led a fascinating tour.

Tales of hangings and beheadings were shared as we entered New Palace Yard after passing through Speaker’s Green. The history of Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate and the legal and administrative centre of the kingdom for several centuries, was then brought to life. From how Cromwell’s head remained on a spike in Westminster Hall for several years to how acorns had been planted so that when the oak roof beams needed to be restored, the word would be available.

Next we had the honour to be one of the first to see the newly unveiled window 'New Dawn' (pictured) in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate 150 years since suffragettes Elizabeth Garrett and Emily Wilding Davison arrived at Parliament to present a petition calling for women to get the vote on June 7, 1866.

Remaining on the suffragette theme, we moved on to view the plaque placed in the very cupboard where, on the 2 April 1911, the night of the 1911 census, Emily Wilding Davison hid in St Mary Undercroft – the chapel of the Palace of Westminster– so she could legitimately list her place of residence as the "House of Commons". Census documents from the year 1911 state that Emily Wilding Davison was found "hiding in the crypt" in the Houses of Parliament.

The tour ended with a visit through the House of Commons and House of Lords before we returned to the historic dining rooms to end off an enjoyable and informative evening.

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