UK’s most senior judge to retire at end of legal year

Supreme Court president Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers has announced he is to retire at the end of the current legal year.

Lord Phillips
Lord Phillips

Phillips will step down as the UK’s most senior judge on 30 September 2012.

He has headed the Supreme Court since its establishment in October 2009. Phillips had previously held the role of Senior Law Lord. Before that Phillips was Master of the Rolls from 2000 to 2005, and Lord Chief Justice between 2005 and 2008.

In a statement, Phillips said: “I’ve greatly enjoyed the challenge of presiding over the new Supreme Court and was tempted to continue right up to my retirement age in January 2013.

“I’ve decided, however, that it makes more sense to go at the end of the legal year, so that I can make an orderly handover to my successor in the course of the summer vacation.”

The process to appoint Phillips’ successor as president of the court will begin in the new year.