Former Supreme Court Justice dies during surgery

Family Law|June 30th 2017

A former Justice of the Supreme Court died this week during surgery.

Lord Toulson served as a Justice for three years, from April 2013 until his retirement in September 2016. Since then he had worked part time on the Court’s Supplementary Panel. This provides additional justices for rulings when needed.

Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said:

“Justices and staff alike are shocked by the news, and we offer our deepest sympathy to Lady Toulson, his children and their families. They are all very much in our thoughts at this tragic time.”

He added:

“Through his judgments and during hearings, Lord Toulson demonstrated a learned, deeply thoughtful and principled approach to resolving legal problems. These qualities ensure that his enormous contribution to the common law will always be remembered as disproportionate to the relatively short time for which he served upon the Supreme Court. And of course, he made great contributions to the law and to the administration of justice as a judge in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as a practising barrister before that.”

Roger Grenfell Toulson was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1969 and enjoyed a distinguished career. He became a QC in 1986, and between 2002 and 2005 was Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales. He was then appointed to Court of Appeal, before beginning his time at the Supreme Court.

Photo of Inner Temple by sjiong via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Author: Stowe Family Law

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