Masters of the Bench
Sir John Nutting QC
Full Title: Sir John Nutting QCCategory: Senior Benchers
Bench Call Date: 13.6.1991
Call Date: 26.11.1968
Born on 28 August 1942, the eldest son of Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Nutting Bt, he was educated at Eton College and McGill University, Montreal (BA 1964). He succeeded his father as fourth baronet 1999. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1976, Junior Prosecuting Counsel to the Crown (Treasury Counsel) in 1981; and was successively First Junior Treasury Counsel 1987-1988, Senior Treasury Counsel 1988-1993, and First Senior Treasury Counsel 1993-1995. He took silk in 1995, and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 1998. For nineteen years he was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, becoming Senior Judge in 2014. He was the Commissioner appointed under the Interception of Communications and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Laws in both islands between 1998 and 2014.
He served as the Chairman of the Young Bar in 1980, as Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association between 1995-1997 and was as a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct from 1997-1999. He retired from practice in 2009.
Outside the legal profession, he has pursued a number of interests. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society since 1970, a Patron of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2001-2010 and Chairman of the Helmdale District Salmon Fishery Board from 2001-2017. He served as Chairman of the Governors of the Burghley House Preservation Trust between 2009 - 2019 and was Chairman of Burghley Horse Trials Ltd from 2011-2018. He has been a trustee of the Trust House Charitable Foundation since 2010 and was Chairman of an Inquiry into Armed Forces Service Personnel in Prison between 2009-2011.