ALBA Summer Conference 2024

ALBA Summer Conference 2024


12/07/2024 - 14/07/2024    
All Day


£145.00 - £495.00
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Downing College, Cambridge
Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ

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Bookings are now open for the ALBA summer conference being held from 12 to 14 July 2024.  The conference will be in Cambridge this year – for the first time since 2018 – at Downing College.

The ALBA summer conference is held annually and brings together practitioners, academics and others with an interest in public law for a series of sessions on topical issues within the sphere of constitutional and administrative law.  The conference runs from the late afternoon on Friday 12 July, through to lunchtime on the Sunday.

A 15% early booking discount applies for all bookings before 31 March 2024.  A 10% group booking discount applies for bookings of five or more places made between 1 and 30 April 2024.  The two discounts are separate and not cumulative.

The keynote speaker on Saturday morning is Lord (Charlie) Falconer, Shadow Lord Chancellor and partner at Gibson Dunn, and former Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Solicitor General and Minister in three Departments.

The after dinner speaker on Saturday evening is Sir Jonathan Jones KC (Hon), former Treasury Solicitor and now senior consultant at Linklaters and senior fellow at the Institute for Government.

Panel session chairs will include Sir Rabinder Singh, Dame Elisabeth Laing DBE, Sir Clive Lewis, Sir Jonathan Swift and Dame Karen Steyn DBE.

Speakers on a panel looking at the next decade in public law will include Prof Alison Young (new Public Law Commissioner at the Law Commission and Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, Cambridge) and Dr Lewis Graham (Law Society Fellow in Law, Wadham College, Oxford).

Speakers for the practice and procedure update will include Rose Grogan (39 Essex) and Shanthi Sivakumaran (Doughty Street).

Further announcements on speakers and topics will be made in the coming weeks.

Not only will the conference offer interesting and useful sessions on a wide range of topics of interest to public law practitioners, it also provides an unparalleled opportunity to spend time, in relaxed and informal circumstances, with colleagues working in public law, including leading practitioners, academics and judges.  Above all, the conference is intended to be fun.  As usual, on Saturday afternoon, there will be the opportunity for a walk to Grantchester along the River Cam, via The Meadows (about 2 hours).

The conference presents exceptional value for money and is heavily subsidised by ALBA, especially for junior practitioners.  The price for the full weekend includes two dinners and overnight accommodation on Friday and Saturday at Downing College (en suite), and breakfast and lunch on both days.  The Saturday dinner will be a gala dinner held in Downing’s Hall.  The conference itself will be held in the Howard Theatre at Downing College.

The dress code for the weekend will be casual, with the Saturday evening dinner being smart casual.

You can choose to stay at Downing on Friday and Saturday nights, or just on Saturday night, or opt for no accommodation.

The prices for the conference are as follows:

Full weekend Sat night only Non-residential
Silk £495 £395 £345
Junior £395 £295 £245
Under 5 years £295 £195 £145



A 10% group booking discount applies for bookings of five or more places made between 1st and 30 April 2024.  The two discounts are separate and not cumulative.  All bookings for 5 or more people should use the group booking form.

This is something of a make-or-break year for the future of the summer conference in Cambridge, post covid.  We are therefore very keen to make the conference a success, to ensure that there is scope for it to continue in Cambridge in the future.  Please do attend if you can.

Please note you need to be an ALBA member to qualilfy for a place at the conference. If you have any queries about the conference, please contact ALBA at

Early Booking Discount: 15% off

A 15% early booking discount applies for all bookings before 31 March 2024. Use coupon code ASC2024EARLY below to receive this discount.



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Silk: Full weekend £495.00
Silk: Saturday night only £395.00
Silk: Non-residential £345.00
Junior: Full weekend £395.00
Junior: Saturday night only £295.00
Junior: Non-residential £245.00
Under 5 years: Full weekend £295.00
Under 5 years: Saturday night only £195.00
Under 5 years: Non-residential £145.00

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