Harold Ford Memorial Lecture - 14.09.18

The Hon Chief Justice, Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia presented the 2018 Harold Ford Memorial Lecture on the topic "Judicial Advice to Trustees: Its Origins, Purposes and Nature".

Lecture synopsis
The rather strange practice of equity courts of providing advice to trustees has a long history.  To understand how it evolved it is necessary to trace its origins and the later development of procedures arising out of the general administration action.  It is necessary to identify its purposes in order to understand both the breadth of the power to advise and its limits.  Equity's broader supervisory jurisdiction over trusts may be explicable by reference to history.  There may be questions whether orders by way of judicial advice involve judicial power or are to be regarded as historical anomalies.

This event is co-presented by Melbourne Law School and the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation and is generously sponsored by Clayton Utz.

The Harold Ford Memorial Lecture celebrates the many contributions of Professor Ford to Melbourne Law School, the legal profession, and to the development of corporate law and trusts law.