Today Downing Street has confirmed that Sir John Thomas will take the role as the next Lord Chief Justice with the departure of Lord Judge. The news highlights the defeat of Lady Justice Hallett and Lord Justice Leveson; the later of the two recently carried out the inquiry into press standards.
The 65 year old will be officially introduced to his role in late September. This comes after a report by The Law Society Gazette which reported that the Judicial Appointment Commission have made the recommendation to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, which would then lead to a recommendation to David Cameron.
Sir John Thomas has led many inquires in the past; the biggest of which being the inquiry into the Mirror Group Newspaper after the death of Robert Maxwell, after Maxwell’s death it was uncovered that many companies he had worked alongside or owned had huge financial discrepancies; the Mirror Group Newspaper was found to have severe misleading’s within its pension fund system in which Maxwell had “fraudulently misappropriated”.
Sir Thomas is also one of many founders of the European Law Institute; he also went on to become the president of the British Insurance Law Association and vice-president of ARIAS UK.
This September Sir John Thomas will succeed Lord Judge who has taken the position for over five years. A salary of £239,845 a year has been reported by the Guardian online.
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