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Judicial Appointments

11 December 2003

The Queen has been pleased to approve that the Right Honourable Sir Robert Carswell, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, and the Right Honourable Lord Justice Simon Brown, a Judge of the Court of Appeal, be appointed Lords of Appeal in Ordinary with effect from 12 January 2004. They will replace the Right Honourable Lord Hutton and the Right Honourable Lord Hobhouse who will be retiring on 11 January 2004.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that the Honourable Sir Nicholas Wall, the Honourable Sir David Neuberger and the Honourable Sir Maurice Kay, Justices of the High Court, be appointed Lord Justices of Appeal with effect from 12 January 2004. Sir Nicholas Wall will replace Lady Justice Hale on her appointment as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Sir David Neuberger will replace Lord Justice Simon Brown on his appointment as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Sir Maurice Kay will replace Lord Justice Schiemann on his appointment as a Judge of the European Court of Justice.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that the Honourable Sir Anthony Hooper, a Justice of the High Court, be appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal with effect from 23 March 2004 on the retirement of Lord Justice Mantell.

Notes for Editors

The Right Honourable Sir Robert Carswell (69) was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Pembroke College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1957 and elected a Bencher in 1979. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales by Gray's Inn in 1972 and was elected an Honorary Bencher in 1993. He took Silk in Northern Ireland in 1971 and was Senior Crown Counsel from 1979 to 1984 when he was appointed a High Court Judge. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1993 and Lord Chief Justice in 1997.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Simon Brown (66) was educated at Stowe and Worcester College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1961 and elected a Bencher in 1980. He was appointed a Recorder in 1979, when he was also appointed First Junior Treasury Counsel at Common Law. In 1984 he was appointed a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1992 and served as Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) from 2001 to 2003.

The Honourable Mr Justice (Nicholas) Wall (58) was educated at Dulwich College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1969 and was elected a Bencher in 1993. He took Silk in 1988, was appointed a Recorder in 1990, and a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Family Division, in 1993. He served as Family Division Liaison Judge for the Northern Circuit from 1996 to 2001.

The Honourable Mr Justice (David) Neuberger (55) was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford. He was called to the Bar, in 1974, by Lincoln's Inn and was elected a Bencher in 1993. He took Silk in 1987, was appointed a Recorder in 1990 and a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 1996.

The Honourable Mr Justice Maurice Kay (61) was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester and the University of Sheffield. He was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1975 and was elected a Bencher in 1995. He was appointed a Recorder in 1988 when he also took Silk. In 1995 he was appointed a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. He has been a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal since June 1995. He also served as a Presiding Judge of the Wales and Chester Circuit from 1996 to 1999 and has been Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court since 2002.

The Honourable Mr Justice (Anthony) Hooper (66) was educated at Sherborne and Trinity Hall Cambridge. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1965 and was elected a Bencher in 1993. After a academic career in England and Canada he started practising in 1974. He was appointed a Recorder in 1986, took Silk in 1987 and was appointed a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, in 1995. He served as Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit from 1997 to 2000.