William Aldous

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The Right Honourable
Sir William Aldous
Personal details
Nationality British

Sir William Aldous is a retired English judge and currently a judge in the Gibraltar Court of Appeal.

He was head of barristers' chambers at 3 New Square from 1980 to 1988. In 1988 he was appointed to the High Court bench and assigned to the Chancery Division. In January 1993 his judgement reflected a trend towards the freedom to publish. The Home Office had claimed copyright over tapes of serial killer, Dennis Nilsen in the possession of World In Action. Charles Tremayne of Granada Television, described Aldous's decision to allow broadcast as "welcome and surprising".[1]

He was made a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996 and was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1995.[2]

He retired from the bench in October 2003 and is now an arbitrator in intellectual property arbitrations.[3]

He is a member of the Gibraltar Court of Appeal. In March 2009 he dissented from other Court of Appeal judges, in giving the opinion that the Gibraltar Government's housing allocation policy discriminated against same-sex couples.[4]



  1. ^ Broadcasters welcome 'surprising' decision, Andrew Culf The Guardian, 27 January 1993.
  2. ^ Privy Council Members
  3. ^ ADR Chambers UK & Europe web site, Sir William Aldous. Consulted on March 29, 2008.
  4. ^ http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=15736