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Brick Court Chambers has batted off speculation that Jonathan Sumption QC is reducing his workload, insisting that he is taking time out to concentrate on the next volume of his book.
The bar is salivating at the prospect of Sumption being named as the Supreme Court’s final Supreme Justice. The court’s users would welcome his appointment, arguing that he would make an excellent judge.
Sumption is keeping shtum on the issue, and it could be several months before the Judicial Appointments Committee names the new Supreme Justice.
But the tale took another twist after Brick Court rejected a high-level instruction from a top City litigator because, it was claimed, Sumption was concentrating on deadlines set by his publisher Faber & Faber.
But when contacted by The Lawyer, Faber & Faber said the fourth volume of Sumption’s book The Hundred Years War was “two to three years off”.
Brick Court senior clerk Ian Moyler insisted that each instruction is considered on whether other professional commitments allowed and that Sumption would be appearing in court in the coming weeks.
A Brick Court statement said Sumption’s work commitments would be “carefully monitored… so that they’re consistent with his writing obligations”.