Former Lord Chief Justice joins the Arbitrators at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

10 November, 2017

The Arbitrators at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields are extremely honoured to welcome The Rt Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. Lord Thomas, having commenced practice in commercial law at Essex Court Chambers in 1972 and later as Queen’s Counsel from 1984, retired as Lord Chief Justice on 1 October 2017. Lord Thomas is now accepting arbitral appointments.

He conducted the inquiry into the IPO of Mirror Group Newspapers in 1991 at the time it was owned by Robert Maxwell. He was appointed a High Court Judge and became a judge of the Commercial Court, being in charge in 2002 until his appointment in 2003 as a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from 2003 to 2006. In October 2011, he succeeded Sir Anthony May as President of the Queen’s Bench Division and in 2013 appointed to succeed Lord Judge as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He was President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from May 2008 to December 2010 and a founder member of the European Law Institute; he now sits on its Executive Committee. He was created a life peer, as Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.

Lord Thomas said: “After 21 years as a judge, it is a pleasure to return to Essex Court Chambers where I was a pupil, a junior and a silk for the preceding 25 years. Although I re-join in a different capacity, it is good to be doing so at a time when the whole of Legal London must do all it can to build upon and strengthen its position as a pre-eminent centre for all types of legal work and dispute resolution.”

David Foxton QC, Head of Essex Court Chambers, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Thomas back. He has made an immense contribution to the development of English law and has a worldwide reputation. He will be much sought-after as an arbitrator in commercial disputes “.

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