Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Hale of Richmond
DBE PC FBA
Baroness Brenda Hale.jpg
President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
5 September 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy The Lord Mance
Lord Reed
Preceded by The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
28 June 2013 – 4 September 2017
President The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Preceded by The Lord Hope of Craighead
Succeeded by The Lord Mance
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
1 October 2009
Preceded by Position created
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
12 January 2004 – 30 September 2009
Preceded by The Lord Millett
Succeeded by Position eliminated
Lady Justice of Appeal
In office
1999–2003
High Court Judge
Family Division
In office
1994–1999
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Brenda Marjorie Hale
(1945-01-31) 31 January 1945 (age 73)
Yorkshire, England
Nationality  United Kingdom
Political party Crossbencher (independent)
Spouse(s)
  • Anthony Hoggett (m. 1968; div. 1992)
  • Julian Farrand (m. 1992)
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Profession Barrister

Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, PC, FBA (born 31 January 1945)[1] is a British judge and the current President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, she is the only woman to have been appointed to this position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she, along with the other Law Lords, transferred to the new Supreme Court, she served as Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2013 to 2017.

On 5 September 2017 Hale was appointed as President of the Supreme Court, and was sworn in on 2 October 2017, she became the first woman to serve in the role. Hale is one of only two women to have ever been appointed to the Supreme Court (alongside Lady Black).

Hale is Honorary President of the Cambridge University Law Society.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in West Yorkshire, England in 1945,[3] Baroness Hale is the second of three sisters. Both her parents became headteachers, she was educated in Richmond in North Yorkshire at the Richmond High School for Girls (now part of Richmond School), and later studied at Girton College, Cambridge, where she read law and graduated with a starred first and top of her class. After becoming assistant lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester, she was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1969, topping the list in the bar finals for that year.

Working part-time as a barrister, Hale spent 18 years mostly in academia, becoming Professor of Law at Manchester in 1986. Two years earlier, she became the first woman and youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission, overseeing a number of important reforms[citation needed] in family law during her nine years with the Commission. In 1989, she was appointed Queen's Counsel.

Judicial career[edit]

Hale was appointed a Recorder (a part-time circuit judge) in 1989, and in 1994 became a judge in the Family Division of the High Court of Justice (styled The Honourable Mrs Justice Hale). Upon her appointment, as is convention, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). In 1999, Hale followed Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss to become only the second woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal (styled The Right Honourable Lady Justice Hale), entering the Privy Council at the same time.

On 12 January 2004, she was appointed the first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created a life peer as Baroness Hale of Richmond, of Easby in the County of North Yorkshire,[4] under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.

In June 2013, she was appointed as Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to succeed Lord Hope of Craighead.

In September 2017, she was appointed as President of the Supreme Court to succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury.[5]

On 21 March, 2018, the Hong Kong judiciary announced her appointment as a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal, her appointment was accompanied by the appointments of Andrew Cheung and Beverley McLachlin.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1968, Hale married Anthony Hoggett, a fellow law lecturer at Manchester, with whom she had one daughter, the marriage was dissolved in 1992, in which year she married Julian Farrand, former Professor of Law at Manchester, Pensions Ombudsman and colleague of Hale's on the Law Commission.

In April 2018, Hale featured as a celebrity judge on BBC cooking show MasterChef.[7]

Other[edit]

Hale is Visitor to Girton College, Cambridge, to which position she was appointed in 2004, she is a member of the Athenaeum Club, London. From 2004 to the end of 2016 she was Chancellor of the University of Bristol.[8]

Hale was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford, where the main Law building is named after her; in 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Reading.

In 2011 Hale was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent.

On 10 September 2015, she delivered the Caldwell Public Lecture at the University of Melbourne, Australia, on the topic "Protecting Human Rights in the UK Courts: What are we doing wrong?".[9]

Selected cases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senior Judiciary List Archived 28 July 2012 at WebCite, Ministry of Justice.
  2. ^ https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/press/events/2016/01/culs-lecture-lady-hale-life-lady-law-lord
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "No. 57179". The London Gazette. 15 January 2004. p. 503. 
  5. ^ "No. 62054". The London Gazette. 19 September 2017. p. 17466. 
  6. ^ "Top court gets new judges". The Standard. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  7. ^ Editor, Frances Gibb, Legal (30 April 2018). "Baroness Hale to lay down the law on MasterChef". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Nobel Prize winner announced as the University of Bristol's next Chancellor". Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Caldwell Public Lecture", Trinity College Events [online], accessed, 25 Aug. 2015.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Millett
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
2004–2009
Abolished
New office Justice of the Supreme Court
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Lord Hodge
Preceded by
The Lord Hope of Craighead
Deputy President of the Supreme Court
2013–2017
Succeeded by
The Lord Mance
Preceded by
The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
President of the Supreme Court
2017–present
Incumbent
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Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge
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Sir Jeremy Morse
Chancellor of the University of Bristol
2004–2016
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Sir Paul Nurse
Order of precedence in England and Wales
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as Lord President of the Council
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