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  • Outrageous. Judicial appointments should take effect at once, and outstanding briefs returned. Mr S's Russian client could find new counsel: there are as many good fish in the sea as ever came out of it yet.

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  • Good luck to Sumption - nothing wrong with securing a pension pot before his income falls dramatically. Surely the focus should be on the failure of the MOJ to verify whether Sumption had prior commitments, or to ensure that the bench will be adequately staffed until he is in a position to be able to sit? (NB. Is there no longer an Editor at The Lawyer? Clearly, nobody has proofread this article - perhaps everyone has been too busy taking advantage of the bank holiday bonanza?).

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  • IANAL but welcome the appointment of Mr Sumption. It seems to me a useful of ammunition for those like me who believe that appointments to the supreme court should be subject to review by Parliament. I say this not because of Mr Sumption's credentials (or lack of them) but because the process seems so patently lacking in accountability.

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  • If this man is as good as they say,he is worth waiting for. It is healthy for the pecking order to be upset occasionally.

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  • Lord Justice Wilson has made a number of big mistakes in his legal decisions. Why is he being promoted? What does this say about the judicial system? One of the biggest and most controvential divorce cases has been misjudged by him (he made a decision on a matter not even in front of his court and he has not even read the case properly); his decision is now under review by the European Court of Human Rights.

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