Lord Reed appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court

Thursday 31 May

Lord Reed (photo: Rob Judges)We warmly congratulate the Right Honourable Lord Reed (Visitor of Balliol) on being appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court. Her Majesty The Queen made the appointment on the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendation of an independent selection commission. 

Following his appointment, Lord Reed said: ‘It is a great honour to succeed Lord Mance as Deputy President of the Supreme Court. I look forward to working with Lady Hale [President] in providing leadership to the court. I am committed to promoting the court’s role and activities, both in our national life and internationally.’

Lord Reed was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court in February 2012. He was from 2008 to 2012 a member of the Inner House of the Court of Session, and from 1998 to 2008 a member of the Outer House of the Court of Session, where he was the Principal Commercial Judge. Lady Hale said: ‘He is a most distinguished and deeply principled jurist. Since joining the court in 2012 he has made a significant contribution in many areas, but in particular in developing the common law and championing the rule of law and access to justice.’

As well as sitting on the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Lord Reed is a member of the panel of ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights, and is a Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. Oxford. He came to Balliol in 1978 to read for a DPhil in Law before qualifying as an advocate in Scotland and a barrister in England.

1 June 2018: it has been announced that the Chancellor of Oxford University has appointed the Rt Hon Lord Reed as High Steward of the University with effect from 7 June 2018, on the retirement from office of Lord Mance.