|The Right Honourable
Lord Justice Leveson
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
2 October 2006
|5th Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Nigel Weatherill|
|Succeeding||Brian May, CBE|
|Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales|
1 January 2007 – 31 December 2009
|Deputy||Lord Justice Goldring|
|Preceded by||Lord Justice Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Lord Justice Goldring|
|Born||Brian Henry Leveson
22 June 1949
Liverpool, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Lynne née Fishel|
|Alma mater||Liverpool College
Merton College, Oxford
Sir Brian Henry Leveson PC  (pronounced /ˈlɛvɨsən/; born 22 June 1949) is an English judge, a Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales and, since 2010, head of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.
Early life 
Legal career 
Leveson was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1970. He initially practised in Liverpool and took silk in 1986. Leveson became a Bencher in 1995, acted as a Recorder between 1988 and 2000, and as a Deputy High Court Judge between 1998 and 2000. In 2000, Leveson was appointed as a Judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division, and served as a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit between 2002–2005.
Leveson was the lead prosecution counsel during the trial of Rosemary West, who went on to be convicted for the murders of ten young women, including her own eldest daughter, in November 1995. While sitting with Lord Justice Mantell in the Court of Appeal in 2002 under the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, he upheld the murder conviction of James Hanratty. He also presided over the trial of ex-US Marine Toby Studebaker for charges relating to child grooming over the internet. He sentenced 100-year-old Bernard Heginbotham, who was found guilty of manslaughter of his wife of 67 years, 87-year-old Ida, to a 12 month rehabilitation order. He also presided over the trial of Michael Barton, who was found guilty in 2005 of murdering Anthony Walker with an axe.
In 2006, Leveson was appointed to the new position of Deputy Senior Presiding Judge and, on 2 October 2006, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was promoted to Senior Presiding Judge with effect from 1 January 2007. In November 2007, the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, constituted by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Leveson and Mr Justice Simon, quashed the conviction of Barry George and ordered a retrial in relation to the murder in 2001 of BBC presenter Jill Dando. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2000 and sworn as a Privy Counsellor in 2006.
Press ethics inquiry 
It was announced on 13 July 2011 that Leveson would lead the public inquiry into issues of British press culture, practices and ethics raised by the News International phone hacking scandal. On 20 July, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the scope of the inquiry had widened to include the BBC and social media.
Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University 
On 14 March 2013 it was announced Sir Brian Leveson would be the next Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, taking over from Brian May who will step down at the end of his term in March. An official inauguration ceremony is set to take place in May at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Personal life 
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- "Background". Leveson Inquiry front page. The Leveson Inquiry. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- BBC News - Leveson report: New body to curb press 'havoc'. BBC.co.uk (1 January 1970).
- "Lord Justice Leveson to lead phonehacking inquiry". The Jewish Chronicle. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
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- The Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson Debretts.co.uk
- Council members Sentencing Council
- Lord Justice Leveson - Speeches Judiciary of England and Wales
- Brian Leveson collected news and commentary at The Guardian
- Brian Leveson Brian Leveson, collected news and commentary, The Independent