An honorary degree of laws has been awarded to Lord Hoffmann of Chedworth, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He received the award from the University of the West of England in recognition of his contribution to the development of professional legal vocational education. Leonard Hoffmann studied in South Africa, where he was brought up, before going to Oxford. Outside his judicial role, he has several interests and posts, including the directorship of the English National Opera and he is president of the German Jurists Association. The award was given at a faculty of law ceremony at Bristol Cathedral.