Lord Mance named Supreme Court deputy president

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Sep 21, 2017
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Lord Mance will be able to serve in the post for a year before hitting the mandatory retirement age


Lord Mance has been appointed deputy president of the Supreme Court.

The elevation of one of the original Supreme Court justices was made by the prime minister and the lord chancellor after the recommendation of an independent selection commission.

Lord Mance, 74, will only be able to serve in the post for a year before hitting the mandatory retirement age for those justices who transferred from the appellate committee of the House of Lords. Other Supreme Court justices are required to retire at 70.

Lord Mance became law lord in 2005. From 1999 to 2005 he sat on the Court of Appeal, having been a High Court judge in the Queen's Bench Division from 1993 to 1999. He is married to Lady Justice Arden, a sitting Court of Appeal judge.

He read law at University College, Oxford, spent time with a Hamburg law firm and then practised at the commercial bar and sat as a recorder until 1993. He chaired various banking appeals tribunals and was a founder director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Insurance Fund.

The judge represented the UK on the Council of Europe's consultative council of European judges from 2000 to 2011, and was elected the council’s first chairman in 2000.

He succeeds Baroness Hale, who was promoted to the post of Supreme Court president this year.

Lord Mance said: “I look forward to playing my part in the leadership of the court and in furthering the collaborative relationships which exist with the president, with the chief executive and within the court generally, as well as to promoting the court’s role and activities both as an established institution in our national life and internationally.”

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