Until 2007 Lord Justice of Appeal, England & Wales and Vice-Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission for England & Wales
Justice of the Court of Appeal, Bermuda
Areas of practice and judicial experience include:
Commercial contracts; insurance; construction/infrastructure; banking/finance; data-protection and planning.
Recorder of the Crown Court, 1977-1987; Legal Assessor, General Medical and Dental Councils, 1982-1987; Deputy High Court Judge, 1982-1987; Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, 1988-1995; Member, Judicial Studies Board, 1989-1991; Presiding Judge, Western Circuit, 1991-1994; Lord Justice of Appeal, 1995- 2007; the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, 1995-1998; Vice-Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission for England & Wales 2006-2007; Justice of the Court of Appeal, Bermuda, 2008-.
Called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn; Bencher; in practice at the English Bar 1963-1987, with a wide commercial, common and public law practice; Queen’s Counsel, 1975; admitted to the Bar, State of New York, USA, 1984, and to the Bar of New South Wales, Australia, 1986; Leading Counsel for the Hong Kong Government in the Shatin Hospital Arbitration, Hong Kong, 1983-1985; Leading Counsel for the Mighty City Corporation in the Tuen Shui Wai Development Dispute, 1985-1986; Leading Counsel for the British Government before the Australian Royal Commission into the British Nuclear Tests in Australia, 1986.
Inquiries and Reviews:
Chairman/member of various public inquiries, including: Mem., Commission of Inquiry into Casino Gambling in the Bahamas, 1967; Chm., William Tyndale Schools Inquiry, 1975-1976; Department of Trade Inspector, Ashbourne Investments Ltd., 1975-1979, an inquiry into secondary banking accounting and take-over activities; Chm, Home Office Committee of Inquiry into Sunday Trading, 1983-1984; Chm, Working Group for the establishment and drafting of the Construction Industry Model Arbitration Rules, 1998 (“the CIMAR Rules”); Chm., Review of the Criminal Courts of England & Wales, 1999-2001 (“the Auld Review”), and Sole Commissioner of Inquiry into Governmental Corruption in the Turks & Caicos Islands, 2008-2009.
King’s College London, LLB; Ph.D; Fellow, Visiting Professor in Law; Yale, sometime senior research scholar; Cambridge, Arthur Goodhart Professor of Legal Science, 2009 – 2010; Fellow of Selwyn and Wolfson Colleges, 2009 – 2010; Member of Oxford University Appeal Court.
Athenaeum (London); Yale University Club (New York); The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, Master, 1984-1985.