The End of the House of Lords……..judicially at least

August 1, 2009 |

The Law Lords are no more.  On 30 July 2009 the judicial work of the House of Lords ended.  And next Monday their Lordships find themselves as members of the United Kingdom Supreme Court.  Probably for the better though I thoroughly enjoy harmless anachronisms.  And there was something delightful in watching a Law Lord deliver his judgment as a speech from the benches of the House of Lords.  It was so informal and conversational.  It reminded me of what a wise colleague once said about the how the further up the legal tree the less the formality and stuffiness.  I think that is because the truly bright and competent don’t have the need to cloak any  insecurities in pomp, ceremony and unnecessary formality.  Some of the nonsense that some (and thankfully not many) Magistrates go on about on forms and process is enough to make a cat smile. 

Back to the House of Lords.  They went out with a bang not a whimper.  Seven judgements all in. And here they are:



Date of Judgment

Moore Stephens (a firm) (Respondents) v Stone Rolls Limited (in liquidation (Appellants)

[2009] UKHL 39

30 July 2009

Lexington Insurance Company (Respondents) v AGF Insurance Limited (Appellants) and one other action
Lexington Insurance Company (Respondent) v Wasa International Insurance Company Limited (Appellants) and one other action

[2009] UKHL 40

30 July 2009

Fisher (Original Respondent and Cross-appellant) v Brooker and others (Original Appellants and Cross-respondents)

[2009] UKHL 41

30 July 2009

R v C (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))

[2009] UKHL 42

30 July 2009

Masri (Respondent) v Consolidated Contractors International Company SAL and others and another (Appellant) and another

[2009] UKHL 43

30 July 2009

Transport for London (London Underground Limited) (Appellants) v Spirerose Limited (in administration) (Respondents)

[2009] UKHL 44

30 July 2009

R (on the application of Purdy) (Appellant) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent)

[2009] UKHL 45

30 July 2009

The most contentious is the last in the list. 

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