It does not seem very long ago that we announced the appointment of Sir Lawrence Collins (co-author and General Editor of Dicey Morris and Collins: The Conflict of Laws) to the Court of Appeal; and, in fact, it wasn’t. After two years sitting as a Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Lawrence has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, and will replace Lord Hoffman (who is retiring) on 20th April 2009. Here is, in relevant part, the rest of the press release:
Lord Justice Lawrence Antony Collins (67) was admitted as a solicitor in 1968, took Silk in 1997 and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 1997. He was appointed to the High Court in 2000 and made a Bencher (Inner Temple) in 2001. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2007. He has been a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge since 1975 and a Fellow of the British Academy since 1994. Lord Justice Collins was knighted in 2000.
Lord Justice Collins…will become a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom when it is launched on 1 October 2009. On that date The Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers will become the President of the Supreme Court and the Law Lords will become Justices of the Supreme Court.
Sir Brian Kerr will be replacing Lord Carswell on 28th June 2009.