Gray's Inn

President of the Supreme Court

The Inn will be absolutely delighted to note the appointment, announced today, of the Treasurer, Master Brenda Hale, presently Deputy President of the Supreme Court, to the position of President of the Supreme Court in succession to Lord Neuberger. This appointment will take effect from 2 October 2017.  The Vice-Treasurer, Sir David Foskett, has said:

“Not merely is this appointment the pinnacle of an illustrious career for the Treasurer, but it marks the first appointment of a woman to this important position in the judicial structure.  The Inn has been proud to have had the late Lord Bingham of Cornhill as Senior Law Lord before the Supreme Court was created and Lord Hope of Craighead as Master Hale’s predecessor as Deputy President.  It can also boast a large number of past and present women members of the judiciary and within the senior ranks of the Bar, but this appointment constitutes a particularly important recognition of the role that women play within the judiciary and the legal profession.  It should also be an inspiration for others who aspire to serve the cause of justice not to believe that there is a ‘glass ceiling’ that would prevent realisation of that aspiration.”

Date posted: 21 July 2017