Robert Goff, Baron Goff of Chieveley
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|The Right Honourable
The Lord Goff of Chieveley
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|The Lord Goff of Chieveley|
|Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary|
1 October 1996 – 30 September 1998
|Preceded by||The Lord Keith of Kinkel|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Browne-Wilkinson|
|Lord of Appeal in Ordinary|
6 February 1986 – 30 September 1998
|Succeeded by||The Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough|
|Born||Robert Lionel Archibald Goff
12 November 1926
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
Lord Goff, High Steward of the University of Oxford, retired in 1998 as the Senior Law Lord after more than a decade as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord) in the House of Lords. Prior to being created a Law lord and receiving a life peerage as Baron Goff of Chieveley in the County of Berkshire in 1986, Lord Goff studied at Eton College and at New College, Oxford. On 1 October 1996, The Lord Keith of Kinkel retired as Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and Lord Goff succeeded him, Lord Goff remained in the role until his own retirement.
He served in the army and as a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, practised as a barrister and Queen's Counsel, and was appointed to the High Court in 1975 and to the Court of Appeal in 1982. Lord Goff, co-author of Goff & Jones, The Law of Restitution, is the acknowledged father of English restitution law, and has served on many important cases in the House of Lords
He is the President of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a patron of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and was awarded the Grand Gross (First Class) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to British awareness of German law.
Lord Goff gave many important judgments, including his judgments in the following cases:
- B.P. Exploration Co. (Libya) Ltd. v Hunt  1 WLR. 783
- Elanco Products Ltd v Mandops (Agrochemical Specialists) Ltd  FSR 46
- Daulia Ltd v Four Millbank Nominees Ltd  Ch 231
- Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather plc  1 All ER 53 - explained the relationship between Private Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher
- Collins v Wilcock  3 All ER 374 - In his judgement in this case he defines both battery and assault which has become the accepted definitions.
- Spiliada v Cansulex Ltd  AC 460
- Attorney-General v Observer Ltd. and Others.  1 AC 109
- R v R  1 AC 599
- Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd  4 All ER 331
- R v Gough  2 All ER 724
- Lord Napier v Kershaw  AC 713
- The Pioneer Container  2 AC 324
- Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington LBC  AC 669 (dissenting on the question of the award of compound interest) "No genetic engineering is required, only that the warm sun of judicial creativity should exercise its benign influence rather than remain hidden behind the dark clouds of legal history."
- Henderson v Merrett Syndicates Ltd  2 AC 145
- Hunter v Canary Wharf Ltd  A.C. 655 - leading case on Private Nuisance
- White v Jones  AC 207
- Kleinwort Benson Ltd v Lincoln City Council  2 AC 349
- Re Pinochet  UKHL
- Attorney General v Blake  1 AC 268
- "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014. "Lord Goff of Chieveley, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, is 87"
- "State Intelligence". London Gazette. 4 October 1996. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal - Board of Patrons". Retrieved 2009-03-19.
Lord Keith of Kinkel
|Senior Law Lord