The High Sheriff, Tony Stratton, presided over the lecture taking place in the Examinations School. This year’s Lecture, 'Are We a Christian Country? Religious Freedom and The Law' was given by The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court.

These annual Law Lectures were started by Ian Laing, when he was High Sheriff in 2005. The High Sheriff's Annual Law Lectures are unique in bringing together members of the various legal communities in Oxfordshire to listen to a distinguished judge talk about topical legal issues. Past lecturers have included Lord Bingham, Lord Phillips, Lord Mance and Lord Wilson.

Following the lecture, two prizes were offered to school students for essays on the topic of the lecture. The essays are judged by Ann Kennedy, a law tutor from the Faculty of Law. Winners will be announced in the beginning of November.

Under Sheriff of Oxford, Tom Birch Reynardson, The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, The High Sheriff of OxfordTony Stratton,DL, Shrieval Remembrancer, His Honour Judge Julian Hall.