The UK Supreme Court’s Brexit ruling has served to increase focus upon Britain’s highest court – and one of the questions being looked at is who next might enter the lofty ranks of the country’s top court.
The court will see an array or retirements from the Bench as statutory retirement age comes up and legal blog Legal Cheek have had the, well, cheek, to name their list of potential Supreme Court stars, including their favourite – Amal Clooney – a star lawyer if ever there was one but not necessarily for her strict legal abilities.
With that in mind, the site run down their list of nominees, starting with Ms Clooney – and running through a range of notable lawyers whose prominence has ranged from improbable Twitter pics to using the C word in court.
The court’s current members can be seen below, but in the meantime it may not hurt to speculate on what may be, but is unlikely to be.
Here’s their list –
1. Amal Clooney
At 38-years-old, Clooney would be a spring chicken if she was elevated to the Supreme Court bench. But, having qualified at the New York bar about 15 years ago, she may well be eligible for an appeal court stint come the swathe of retirements. She might need to gain some more United Kingdom-based experience first, but watch this space.
2. The email spat KWM partners
Timothy Taylor QC — father of ex-Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor — and New-York based lawyer George Pinkham entered into a war of words over the demise of King & Wood Mallesons. At one point Taylor even cracked a “C U Next Tuesday” gag. Perhaps this no-nonsense approach is just what the Daily Mail is looking for.
3. Blogging barrister Matthew Scott
The criminal lawyer was called to the bar back in 1985, but would Matthew Scott be prepared to ditch his, often very opinionated, blog for Supreme Court celebrity-status?
4. The judge who called a defendant a c***
Judge Patricia Lynch was cleared of misconduct earlier this year after she called a defendant a c*** during sentencing. Regardless of her advocacy experience, Lynch would also be entitled to fill a Supreme Court seat because she has been a judge for over two years. Maybe some straight talking is what the court needs?
5. Legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg
Joshua Rozenberg QC qualified as a solicitor back in 1976 and has been writing about the law ever since. Whether this would qualify as law-related activity for statutory purposes we’re not sure, but we think Rozenberg has taught more people about the law (including Legal Cheek readers) than most academics have.
6. Controversial barrister Barbara Hewson
Called to the bar in 1985, Mansfield 1 Gray’s Inn Chambers’ Barbara Hewson is seemingly qualified for the bench. We wonder how the selection panel would view her foul-mouthed Twitter rants and contentious calls for the age of consent to be lowered to 13…
7. King of LinkedIn Dominic D’Souza
Not only is Dominic D’Souza a crime specialist at Goldsmith Chambers, he also has a funny LinkedIn page. Supreme Court bench material right there.
8. The judge who got really angry about his lost luggage
Peter Smith is the top judge who used a judgment involving British Airways to rant about some of his luggage the company had lost while he was visiting Italy. Happy days: having racked up forty years of experience in law, he would meet the Supreme Court’s eligibility criteria.
9. BoJo’s wife Marina Wheeler
Now a QC, Marina Wheeler was called to the bar back in 1987 and is a tenant at One Crown Office Row. Though this makes Wheeler eligible, remember the Brexit legal challenge fiasco over Lord Neuberger’s wife and some tweets she made? Now imagine Boris Johnson. Case closed.
10. The barrister whose Twitter picture was him in his boxers
Criminal defence specialist Stephen Kamlish QC appeared to commit a major social media no-no late last year, punting for a profile picture of himself wearing nothing but his pants. He sounds the perfect candidate for the bench.
For those interested in the current members of the Supreme Court who ruled on the recent Brexit case, their names and details can be seen here, beginning with Lord David Neuberger, 68, who became president of ther Court after a four decade legal career.
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