Sumption and Nally bag Judicial Appointments roles

Brick Court Chambers’ co-head Jonathan Sumption QC and former Law Society President Edward Nally have been selected as the two professional members of the new Judicial Appointments Commission.

Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, named 13 of the 14 commission members this morning (23 January). The final judicial member will be appointed shortly. The commission begins work in April and after a transition period will be solely responsible for selecting new judges.

The four judicial members are Lord Justice Auld, Lady Justice Hallett, Judge Frances Kirkham and District Judge Charles Newman. Lay members include Professor Hazel Genn, professor of socio-legal studies at University College London. There are also a tribunal and lay justice members.

The commission is chaired by Baroness Usha Prashar, whose appointment was announced in October.