Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Browne-Wilkinson
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Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1998 – 5 June 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Goff of Chieveley
Succeeded by Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1991 – 5 June 2000
Preceded by The Lord Brandon of Oakbrook
Succeeded by The Lord Bingham of Cornhill
In office
1985 – 1 October 1991
Preceded by Sir Robert Megarry
Succeeded by Sir Donald Nicholls
Personal details
Born Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson
(1930-03-30) 30 March 1930 (age 87)
Nationality British
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson, PC (born 30 March 1930)[1] is a former Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the United Kingdom and former Head of the Privy Council and Vice-Chancellor of the High Court.[2]

He was educated at Lancing and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created a life peer as Baron Browne-Wilkinson, of Camden in the London Borough of Camden, on 1 October 1991. He retired from the House of Lords on 1 March 2016.[3]

Lord Browne-Wilkinson delivered the Privy Council rulings for Tan Te Lam v Superintendent of Tai A Chau Detention Centre (a Vietnamese refugee centre in Hong Kong and under British administration when the incident occurred) in 1997. The rulings have since been used in immigration cases globally.[4]


Decisions of Browne-Wilkinson include:


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2014. Lord Browne–Wilkinson, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 82 
  2. ^ "Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson". The Peerage. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Retired members of the House of Lords". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Al Masri v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCA 1009 (15 August 2002); accessed 22 March 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Megarry
Succeeded by
Sir Donald Nicholls
Preceded by
The Lord Goff of Chieveley
Senior Law Lord
Succeeded by
The Lord Bingham of Cornhill