Baroness Hale of Richmond has been appointed President of the Supreme Court.
Less formally known as Lady Hale, the pioneering former barrister and High Court Judge will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. She has been Deputy President of the Supreme Court since June 2013, the only woman who has done so to date.
The 72 year-old Yorkshire native said:
“It is a great honour and a challenge to be appointed to succeed Lord Neuberger. I look forward to building upon his pioneering achievements, including developing closer links with each part of the United Kingdom, for example by sitting outside London, and improving the ways in which we communicate our work to the public.”
Meanwhile, three senior Law Lords are to join Lady Hale, becoming new Justices of the Supreme Court on October 2: Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Briggs and Lord Justice Lloyd Jones.
Lady Hale welcomed in particular the appointment of Lady Justice Black:
“While I of course look forward to working alongside all my colleagues, it is a particular pleasure for me to be taking up the post at the same time as we welcome only the second ever woman to sit on the UK’s top appeal court.”
Paying tribute to his successor, Lord Neuberger said:
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Lady Hale over the last five years, and have seen at first hand the intellect and humanity with which she approaches the appeals which come before her, as well as her commitment to the rule of law, legal education and building public understanding of the work of the courts.”