20 Essex Street welcomes back retiring CoA judge Rix LJ

Court of Appeal (CoA) judge Lord Justice Rix has retired from the judiciary and is set to join 20 Essex Street as an arbitrator in May.

Rix LJ, who is some six years short of mandatory retirement, is one of the most senior judges in the CoA. He was appointed to the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court in 1993 and elevated to the appeal court in 2000.

By joining 20 Essex Street Rix is returning to his roots, having been a tenant at the set before becoming a judge.

As a CoA member Rix has ruled on a number of significant cases, including recently upholding Mr Justice Teare’s refusal to recuse himself from hearing the $6bn claim brought against the former chairman of Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank, Muktar Ablyazov, by the bank (11 December 2012) and, earlier this month, giving the leading judgment in a dispute between Brazilian energy giant Petrobras and rival Petromec.

At 20 Essex Street Rix LJ will join a group of retired CoA judges who now work as arbitrators, including Simon Tuckey, Philip Otton and Brian Neill.