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Law: Lord Justice Wilson and Jonathan Sumption QC Appointed to UK Supreme Court

Following the retirement of Lord Saville and the imminent retirement of Lord Collins, two new justices have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court.

Lord Justice Wilson and Jonathan Sumption QC have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court by Queen Elizabeth II at the recommendation of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, following the recommendation of an independent selection commission. The commission consulted across each of the Supreme Court’s three UK jurisdictions.

The Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Allan Roy Wilson will take up the role of Justice of the UK Supreme Court with effect from 26th May 2011 following the retirement of The Right Honourable The Lord Saville of Newdigate in October 2010.

Lord Justice Nicholas Allan Roy Wilson (65) was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1967 and took Silk in 1987. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1987 and was made a Bencher in 1993. He was appointed to the High Court (Family Division) in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal in 2005.

Lord Justice Wilson was knighted in 1993.

Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption OBE, QC will take up his role as a Justice of the Supreme Court following the retirement of Lord Collins of Mapesbury in May 2011 with effect from a date to be agreed with the President of the Court.

Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption OBE, QC (62) was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1975 and took Silk in 1986. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 1992 and served as a Recorder between 1993 and 2001. He was then appointed as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 1995.

The judge was educated at Eton and Oxford. He has worked as a fellow of Magdalen College and has written for the Daily Telegraph. Sumption represented the UK Government in a case brought by shareholders of Railtrack, the privatised UK rail company, which the UK Government won.

With his background in academia, the QC has penned three volumes of a gargantuan five volume series on “The Hundred Years War between England and France”. He has also published other works on Medieval history.

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