Press release

Privy Council appointments

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Queen has made several new appointments to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

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The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the The Right Honourable Lord Justice Floyd, The Right Honourable Lord Justice Underhill, The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder, The Right Honourable Lady Justice Gloster and The Right Honourable Lord Justice Briggs to the Privy Council, following their appointment as a Lord Justices of Appeal.

Biographical Notes

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Floyd

Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1975, Bencher, 2001; called to the Bar of Republic of Ireland, 1988. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992; Assistant Recorder, 1994 to 2000; a Deputy High Court Judge (Patents Court), 1998 to 2007; a Recorder, 2000 to 2007. He was appointed Deputy Chairman, Copyright Tribunal, 1995 to 2007; Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal, 2007 onwards. Member: Bar Council Chairman Arbitration/Conciliation Panel, 1996 to 2007; Bar Council Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee, 1998 to 2002; Bar Council, 2000 to 2004; Bar Council European Committee, 2003 to 2004; Litigation Accreditation Board Appeal Panel, Chartered Institute Patent Attorneys, 2005 to 2007; Enlarged Board of Appeal, European Patent Office, 2011 onwards; Chairman, Intellectual Property Bar Association, 1999 to 2004. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division on 8 November 2007. He has been the Senior Judge, Patents Court, since 2011.

The Right Honourable Mr Justice Underhill

Called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 1976 (Bencher 2000). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and was a Recorder 1994 to 2006; Attorney General to HRH the Prince of Wales 1998 to 2006; a Deputy High Court Judge 1998 to 2006; and a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, 2000 to 2003. He was Chairman of the Bar Pro Bono Unit 2002 to 2005. Appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, on 30 January 2006. He has been a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal since 2006 and was its president 2009 to 2011.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder

Merchant banker, Grindley Brandt & Co, 1979; called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 1981; QC 1997; Asst Recorder, 1997 to 2000; a Recorder, 2000 to 2004; a Dep High Court Judge, 2001 to 2004; Northern Circuit. Counsel, N Wales Tribunal of Inquiry, 1996 to 1999. Asst Boundary Comr, 2000 to 2004. Commnd Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, 1981; Sqdn Leader, 1990; Sqdn Leader, Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, 1992. Awarded TD. 1994 DL Greater Manchester, 2009. FRSA 2010. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division, on 4 May 2004. He was a Family Division Liaison Judge for the Northern Circuit until he became Presider Judge, Northern Circuit, in 2010. He has been Judge in Charge of Modernisation of Family Justice, since 2011.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Briggs

Called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1978 and was Junior Counsel to Crown Chancery from 1990 to 1994. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He was made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2001, and was appointed Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster on 24 July 2001. He held this post until shortly after his appointment on 3 July 2006 as a Justice of the High Court, when he was assigned to the Chancery Division. He is currently Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, a Chancery judge appointed by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in consultation with the Lord Chancellor, to supervise Chancery business and hear cases on the North and North Eastern Circuits.

The Right Honourable Lady Justice Gloster

Graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1971, Bencher 1992. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989; a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 1993 to 2004; a Recorder, 1995 to 2004; Judge in Charge of Commercial Court, 2010 to 2012. Mem, panel of Counsel who appear for DTI in company matters, 1982 to 1989. Mem Hon Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, 2006. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) on 21 April 2004. Hon Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge, 2011.

Published 13 May 2013