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Appointment of Lord Justices of Appeal

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The Queen approves the appointment of four new Lord Justices of Appeal.

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Honourable Mr Justice Lloyd Jones as a Lord Justice of Appeal. This appointment follows the announcement of his appointment as Chairman of the Law Commission, which takes effect on 1 August 2012. 

The Queen has also been pleased to approve the appointment of The Honourable Mr Justice McCombe, The Honourable Mr Justice Treacy and The Honourable Mr Justice Beatson as Lord Justices of Appeal to fill forthcoming vacancies in the Court of Appeal.

Notes to editors

The Honourable Mr Justice Lloyd Jones

Mr Justice Lloyd Jones was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1975. He was Junior Crown Counsel (Common Law) from 1997-99. He was appointed a Recorder in 1994 and a QC in 1999. In 2005 he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. Mr Justice Lloyd Jones is currently Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Wales.  He will take up post as Chairman of the Law Commission on the 1 August 2012.

The Honourable Mr Justice McCombe

Mr Justice McCombe was called to the Bar (Lincolns Inn) in 1975.  He was a Recorder in 1993-2001, Assistant Recorder in 1993-1996 and a Deputy High Court Judge from 1996- 2001.  He was appointed to the High Court in the Queens Bench Division in 2001 and was a Presiding Judge between 2004 -07.

The Honourable Mr Justice Treacy

Mr Justice Treacy was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1971. He was appointed Assistant Recorder in 1988 and Recorder in 1991 a post he retained until his appointment to the High Court in 2002 and being knighted by The Queen.  From 2006 -2009 he was the Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit.  He is now a member of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.

The Honourable Mr Justice Beatson

Mr Justice Beatson FBA was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1972. He was a Law Commissioner for England and Wales between 1989 and 1994, a Competition Commissioner between 1995 and 2001, a Crown Court Recorder since 1994, and a Deputy High Court Judge between 1999 and his appointment as a judge in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court in April 2003.  His professional background was primarily as an academic lawyer, although after 1982 he undertook some practice, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998. He taught at the University of Bristol in 1972-73, and at Merton College, Oxford and the Oxford Law Faculty between 1973 and 1989. He was Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge between 1994 and 2003, and the founding director of the Cambridge Centre for Public Law. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose and Merton Colleges, Oxford, and of St John’s College, Cambridge, and a former President of the British Academy of Forensic Science.