The Law Lords






List of Lords of Appeal (as at 24 June 2003)


LORD CHANCELLOR (and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs)


Falconer of Thoroton, L.

NB His Lordship has indicated that he does not intend to participate in the judicial business of the House.


LORDS OF APPEAL IN ORDINARY (ŌLaw LordsÕ) in order of seniority:


Bingham of Cornhill, L. (Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary)

Nicholls of Birkenhead, L. (Second senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary)

Steyn, L.

Hoffmann, L.

Hope of Craighead, L.

Hutton, L.

Saville of Newdigate, L.

Hobhouse of Woodborough, L.

Millett, L.

Scott of Foscote, L.

Rodger of Earlsferry, L.

Walker of Gestingthorpe, L




These are Lords who hold or have held high judicial office as defined by the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. Of these, the following are eligible to hear appeals:


The date after which each peer is disqualified from participating in judicial business (their 75th birthday) is given in brackets after their name. This date is set by the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993.


+ former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary


+ Browne-Wilkinson, L. (30 March 2005)

   Cameron of Lochbroom, L. (11 June 2006)

+ Clyde, L. (29 January 2007)

   Cullen of Whitekirk (18 November 2010)

   Hardie, L. (8 January 2021)

   Irvine of Lairg, L. (23 June 2015)

+ Lloyd of Berwick, L. (9 May 2004)

   McCluskey, L. (12 June 2004)

   Mackay of Drumadoon, L. (30 January 2021)

+ Mustill, L. (10 May 2006)

+ Nolan, L. (10 September 2003)

+ Phillips of Worth Matravers, L. (Master of the Rolls) (21 January 2013)

+ Slynn of Hadley, L (17 February 2005)

+ Woolf, L. (Lord Chief Justice) (2 May 2008)




The following Lords of Appeal, having exceeded the statutory age limit, are disqualified from participating in judicial business:


+ Ackner, L

+ Bridge of Harwich, L

+ Brightman, L

   Cooke of Thorndon, L

   Donaldson of Lymington, L

+ Goff of Chieveley, L

+ Griffiths, L

+ Jauncey of Tullichettle, L

+ Lane, L

+ Mackay of Clashfern, L

+ Oliver of Aylmerton, L

+ Simon of Glaisdale, L

+ Scarman, L