Tony Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Lloyd of Berwick
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Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1993 – 31 December 1998
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Hugh, Lord Griffiths
Succeeded by Nick, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Personal details
Born Anthony John Leslie Lloyd
(1929-05-09) 9 May 1929 (age 89)
Jane Helen Violet Shelford (m. 1960)
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Judge
Profession Law
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1948–1953
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Coldstream Guards

Anthony John Leslie Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick PC DL (called Tony;[1] born 9 May 1929) is a retired British judge, and a former member of the House of Lords.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lloyd was born on 9 May 1929,[3] the son of Edward John Boydell Lloyd and Leslie Johnston Fleming. He was educated at Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar.[4]

After serving in the British Army, Lloyd studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Inner Temple as a barrister in 1955.[4]

Military service[edit]

On 27 November 1948, Lloyd was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second lieutenant.[5] On 27 September 1949, he transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers as a second lieutenant with seniority from 1 January 1949; this ended his full-time military service.[6] He was promoted to lieutenant on 3 August 1950.[7] He relinquished his British Army commission on 9 December 1953.[8]


He was a successful barrister, and "took silk" as a Queen's Counsel in 1967. In 1969 he was appointed Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales, serving until 1977.

In 1978, he was appointed High Court Judge of Queen's Bench, serving until 1983. In 1984, he was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal, serving until 1993, and made a Privy Counsellor.[4] On 1 October 1993, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (a "Law Lord"), serving until his resignation on 31 December 1998.[9] He is probably best known for his leading judgment in the case of Page v Smith (1995).

In 1993 he wrote a letter in support of Bishop Peter Ball, who was later convicted of child sexual abuse.[10]

He chaired the special committee on the proposed Speakership of the House of Lords. In 1996, he conducted a review of British laws against terrorism; his report, Inquiry Into Legislation Against Terrorism, was issued in October 1996.

He is a former member of the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved.[11] In 2005 he became chairman of the parliamentary Ecclesiastical Committee which examines draft measures presented to it by the Legislative Committee of the General Synod of the Church of England.[12]

On 27 March 2015, he retired from the House of Lords.


When appointed to Queen's Bench in 1978, he was made a Knight Bachelor. When appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1993, he was raised to the House of Lords with the title Baron Lloyd of Berwick, of Ludlay in the County of East Sussex.[4]

Honorary offices[edit]

He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of East Sussex in 1983. As a leading barrister, he held several honorary posts at the Inner Temple: Bencher in 1976, Reader in 1998 and 1999, and Treasurer in 1999.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, he married Jane Helen Violet Shelford, the daughter of Cornelius William Shelford.[13]



  1. ^ Lords of the Blog — Losing members of the House & Welldon, Estela V. Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to the Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality p.23 (Accessed 5 April 2018)
  2. ^ "Anthony John Leslie Lloyd LLOYD OF BERWICK". Debretts. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014. Lord Lloyd of Berwick, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 84
  4. ^ a b c d e Anthony John Leslie Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick at Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  5. ^ "No. 38520". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 January 1949. p. 443.
  6. ^ "No. 38915". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 May 1950. p. 2482.
  7. ^ "No. 39060". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 November 1950. p. 5544.
  8. ^ "No. 40113". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 February 1954. p. 1300.
  9. ^ Beamish, David. "Lords of Appeal in Ordinary 1876–2009". Peerages. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  10. ^ Inquiry into abuse by Peter Ball National Secular Society website 23rd July 2018
  11. ^ "No. 52828". The London Gazette. 10 February 1992. p. 2231.
  12. ^ Ecclesiastical Committee members UK Parliament website
  13. ^ "Jane Helen Violet Shelford". Retrieved 27 April 2014.