John Balcombe

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Sir (Alfred) John Balcombe (29 September 1925 – 9 June 2000) was a Lord Justice of Appeal from 1985–95.


He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1950 (Bencher, 1977; Treasurer, 1999); he practised at the Chancery Bar, 1951–77. He was appointed a QC in 1969. He was a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Family Division, 1977–85. He was a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1983–85.

He was a member of the Bar council, 1967-71.

He was knighted in 1977 and made a Privy Councillor in 1985.

Other positions held[edit]

  • Member, Steering Committee for Revenue, Tax Law Rewrite, 1997–98.
  • Chairman, London Marriage Guidance Council, 1982–88.
  • President, SW London Branch, Magistrates' Association, 1993–2000.
  • President, The Maccabaeans, 1990–2000.
  • Master, Company of Tin Plate Workers, 1971–72.
  • Senior Grand Warden, United Grand Lodge of England of the Freemasons, 1996–98.
  • Honorary Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996