Lord Justice Lawrence A. Collins '65, LL.M. Appointed to U.K. Supreme Court

The United Kingdom has instituted a Supreme Court, which begins in October.

Lord Justice Lawrence Collins ‘65, LL.M. is among its newest members. His appointment was approved by the Queen and announced by Downing Street in April 2009. Officially, Collins was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, part of the House of Lords, and currently the highest appellate court in the country pending the transition this fall.

The 12-member U. K. Supreme Court is intended to strengthen the principles of separation of powers. The Justices’ main role will be to hear appeals from courts in the United Kingdom's three legal systems: England & Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, focusing on cases that raise points of law of general public importance.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Lawrence Collins, LLD, FBA (Lord Justice Lawrence Collins,) was a partner of the law firm Herbert Smith from 1971 to 2000, specializing in international law. He qualified as a solicitor-advocate in the higher courts, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1997. As a solicitor-advocate, he appeared before the English Court of Appeal, the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords, and the European Court of Justice.

He acted for Government of Chile in the case to extradite General Pinochet.

He was the first solicitor to be appointed a High Court Judge, in 2000, and was knighted in the same year. He was made a Bencher (Inner Temple) in 2001, and appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2007.

He is a Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.


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