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The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath

Full Title: The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 7.3.1991
Call Date: 18.7.1968

Master Carnwath was a Justice of the UK Supreme Court since April 2012, before his retirement in March 2020. He was a Lord Justice of Appeal since September 2001, having been a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, from 1994. He was Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales from February 1999 until July 2002. In July 2004 he was nominated as “Shadow” Senior President of Tribunals, to provide judicial leadership in the reform of the UK Tribunal system. In November 2007 he was appointed as the first statutory Senior President of Tribunals under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. His main areas of practice were Local Government, Planning and Environmental Law, and Administrative Law. Between 1988 and 1994 he was Attorney-General to HRH the Prince of Wales. He is married to Bambina. He is a keen amateur choral-singer, viola-player, and golfer.