Thursday, 12 July 2012

New PSC...

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as a Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom upon the retirement of The R Hon. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers in September 2012.

Born 1948, Called 1974, QC 1987, Recorder 1990, Chan D 1996, C of A 2004, H of L 2007, MR 2009.

 I commented on the appointment process here. I once appeared before Neuberger J in Bristol - he was very nice.  Seems to favour the fixed fee approach of the Bar to the hourly billing of solicitors, which is good:

In a speech to the Association of Costs Lawyers, he said: “Hourly billing at best leads to inefficient practices, at worst it rewards and incentivises inefficiency.”
He said it penalises those who are able to bring cases to a close quickly, adding: “It also penalises the able, those with greater professional knowledge and skill,
All in all, a good appointment.

1 comment:

  1. I would think that the fee structure is a matter between lawyer and client. As a lawyer, I also don't get into the payment disputes between judges and the government.