The Honourable Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, co-author of probably the world's most famous work on private international law, Dicey, Morris & Collins on the Conflict of Laws, has been appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal (a permanent judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales). From the press release:
The Honourable Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, LL.D., FBA (65) has been a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, since 2000. He qualified as a solicitor in 1968 and was a partner in Herbert Smith, solicitors, from 1971 to 2000. In 1997 he became a QC and was a Deputy High Court Judge from 1997 to 2000, when he became the first solicitor to be directly appointed to the High Court bench. He was made a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2001.
He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, since 1975, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. He is an elected member of the Institut de droit international, and is the author of works on international law, including the general editorship since 1987 of Dicey and Morris (now Dicey, Morris and Collins) on the Conflict of Laws.
Mr Justice Lawrence Collins was knighted in 2000.
Many congratulations, Sir Lawrence.