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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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The Law Lords: Who Has Served

The Law Lords: Who Has Served

(p.122) 8 The Law Lords: Who Has Served
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Tom Bingham

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a closer look at the men and (one) woman who have held office as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary since the first appointment under the 1876 Act in October of that year. The professional background of eight-three of those appointed was wholly or mainly three in England and Wales, nineteen in Scotland, and eight in Ireland or Northern Ireland, the Irish total being reduced by the absence of any appointment between that of Lord MacDermott in April 1947 and Lord Lowry in August 1988. All had been barristers, although one (the first Lord Russell of Killowen) had first practised as a solicitor. All were men, until the welcome appointment of Baroness Hale in 2004.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Law Lords, Lords of Appeal, Lord MacDermott, Lord Lowry, Baroness Hale

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