Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton
Bill Wedderburn.jpg
Personal details
Born (1927-04-13)13 April 1927
London, United Kingdom
Died 9 March 2012(2012-03-09) (aged 84)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge, London School of Economics
Religion Humanist

Kenneth William Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, QC, FBA,(13 April 1927 – 9 March 2012), was a British politician and member of the House of Lords, affiliated with the Labour Party. He briefly became a crossbench member, citing his dislike of Blairism and 'the smell' of cash for questions.[1] He re-took the Labour Party whip in 2007.[2][3] He worked at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics, where he was the Cassel Professor of Commercial Law from 1964 until his retirement in 1992.[4]

After graduating in law from Queens' College, Cambridge, he served in the RAF for two years. He had a long career in labour law, and in 1977 was created a life peer with the title Baron Wedderburn of Charlton (Wedderburn chose this title as a tribute to his favourite football team Charlton Athletic F.C.[5][citation needed] [6]) from Greater London.

He was an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. Wedderbrn also served as a key member of the Bullock Committee.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He married first Nina Salaman in 1951 and had three children, Sarah, David and Lucy. The marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage in 1962 was to Dorothy Cole a social scientist and university administrator. It also ended in divorce. His third marriage in 1969 was to Frances Knight with whom he had a son, Jonathan.[8]


  • ‘Shareholders’ rights and the rule in Foss v Harbottle’ [1957] 16 CLJ 194
  • 'Employees, Partnership and Company Law' [2002] Industrial Law Journal

See also[edit]