Lord Reed appointed President of the Supreme Court

Thursday 25 July

Lord Reed (photo: Rob Judges) The Right Honourable Lord Reed (Balliol 1978 and Visitor of Balliol) has been appointed President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He will succeed Baroness Hale of Richmond when she retires in January 2020.

Her Majesty The Queen made the appointments on the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendations of independent selection commissions. The Queen has also conferred a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Lord Reed, in recognition of the contribution that he has made to law and justice reform.

Lord Reed has served as Deputy President since June 2018. Prior to his appointment as a justice to the Supreme Court in 2012 he served as a judge in Scotland, sitting from 1998 to 2008 in the Outer House of the Court of Session, where he was the Principal Commercial and Companies Judge, and from 2008 to 2012 in the Inner House. As well as sitting on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, he is a member of the panel of ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights, and a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He is also the High Steward of Oxford University.

Following a degree at Edinburgh, 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.

On his appointment, Lord Reed said: ‘It is a great honour to succeed Lady Hale as President of the Supreme Court … As President I will continue to champion the rule of law, alongside promoting public understanding of the role of the judiciary and maintaining the high regard in which the Court is held around the world.’