Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Lord Justice Lawrence A. Collins ’65 LL.M. to serve as one of the 12 inaugural members of the United Kingdom’s newly instituted Supreme Court. The court is intended to strengthen separation of powers principles in the U.K.
The justices’ main role will be to hear appeals from courts in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. The new court will focus on cases that raise legal issues of general public importance.
Collins served as a partner in the law firm of Herbert Smith from 1971 to 2000, where he specialized in international law. In 2000, he became the first solicitor to be appointed a High Court judge. That same year, Collins was knighted.