Three judges appointed to Supreme Court bench

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  • Never mind the absence of a female appointment, far more important is the absence of any new Chancery blood to replace Walker.

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  • disappointing not to see Patrick Elias up there.

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  • @ Anonymous, 12.27pm

    Lord Hodge is the Exchequer Judge in the Court of Session and has expertise in matters relating to customs and excise, revenue, stamp duty and probate. That might go some small way towards filling the Walker void.

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  • It had been mooted that Lord Hodge having missed out on the top two jobs in Scotland recently, would be headed south. As someone who has spent more hours than I care to recall in recent years in his court -Commnercial court, not IP as suggested, there is no specific IP court in the Court of Session - he is a more than able candidate to take over from David Hope. And for those who will appear before him, they will find him courteous, not without humour and possessed of a keen mind.

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  • Why not appoint Dame Mary Arden? This is very disappoimting. She is easily the best qualified for the job, and had chnacery expertise as well as having chaired the Law Commission.

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  • Yet again a sad indictment of our profession that our excellent women judges are not seen as adequate candidates for our Supreme Court - anyone care to examine that glass ceiling?

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  • Re: Anon at 3.18 - Arden's real problem is that she is married to Lord Mance; the UKSC would look even more like a cosy club. The diversity thing is overblown - we need to be looking at why, for example, there should be a NI judge - the selection pool there is tiny and, once you are a NI Appeal Court judge, you effectively have a 1 in 3 chance of making it to the UKSC. When was there last a NI appeal of substance, requiring specific expertise of NI law? Hale has already starting trailing nonsense about a Welsh judge.

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  • Re: Anon@3:18pm - I understand from the legal grapevine that Arden has applied at least once before (unsuccessfully, obviously), so (assuming she applied again) must have been unlikely to succeed this time. If that is so, precisely who are the women judges whom Anon@3:40(1) think were better qualified for these vacancies than Hughes, Toulson and Hodge? Good things have been said about Black LJ, but there is no need for another SCJ with a family law background. Both Hale and Wilson are ex-Family Division judges; while Hughes is too, his background was largely in criminal law and this appointment brings extremely valuable expertise to a Court that lacks really deep experience in that field. Toulson is an outstandingly good judge who will be a real asset to the SC across all fields.
    As for Hale's suggestion of a "Welsh judge", we must first define what that curious term means. Given that there is no "Welsh law" [sic] jurisdiction at present (and there will not be one for some time, judging by the results of the recent consultation on this issue) and thus no "Welsh judges", it is right to describe this suggestion as utter nonsense. While Kerr is very good, I agree with Anon@3:40(2) about it being completely wrong for the NICA judges to have a 1 in 3 chance of appointment each time the NI SCJ retires.

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  • Lord Hodge is a wonderful Judge. He will be missed by all of the Scottish Bar. He is clever, always courteous and very poular. Scotland misses out.

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  • Another problem with Arden is that she is very biased in favour of HMRC. I cannot recall her deciding a tax case in the taxpayer's favour.

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