Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Mance
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Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
1 October 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Position created
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
3 October 2005 – 1 October 2009
Preceded by Lord Steyn
Succeeded by Position eliminated
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
27 April 1999 – 3 October 2005
High Court Judge
In office
1993 – 27 April 1999
High Steward of the University of Oxford
Assumed office
1 October 2012
Personal details
Born Jonathan Hugh Mance
(1943-06-06) 6 June 1943 (age 73)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Dame Mary Arden
Children 3
Education Charterhouse School
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Jonathan Hugh Mance, Baron Mance, PC, QC (born 6 June 1943) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Mance was born on 6 June 1943,[1] one of four children of Sir Henry Stenhouse Mance, one-time chairman of Lloyd's of London.[2]

Like his father, he attended Charterhouse School, a boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. He then studied at University College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1965, becoming a QC in 1982 and a Bencher in 1989.[3]

Judicial career[edit]

In 1990, he became a Recorder, and on 25 October 1993 was appointed a High Court judge,[4] serving in the Queen's Bench Division, and received the customary knighthood.[3] On 27 April 1999, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal,[5] and appointed to the Privy Council.[3]

On 3 October 2005, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and consequently created a life peer as Baron Mance, of Frognal in the London Borough of Camden. He was introduced in the House of Lords on 12 October 2005.[6] On 1 October 2009, he and nine other Lords of Appeal became Justices of the Supreme Court upon that body's inauguration. In a speech to the Hoge Raad in The Netherlands in 2013, Lord Mance described the creation of the Supreme Court as the consequence of a "back of an envelope plan".[7]

He has also served as Chairman of the Banking Appeals Tribunal (1992–93), Chairman of the Consultative Council of European Judges (2000), President of the British Insurance Law Association (2000–02), and Trustee of the European Law Academy (2003).[1]

Other appointments[edit]

In October 2012, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, the Lord Patten of Barnes, appointed Lord Mance as High Steward of the University of Oxford, on the retirement of Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood.[8] He is also an Honorary Fellow of his "alma mater", University College,[9] and Visitor of St Cross College, Oxford. In 2013 He received an Honorary Doctorate from Canterbury Christ Church University.[10]

Selected cases[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Dame Mary Arden, currently a Lord Justice of Appeal;[11] the two are the first married couple ever to serve concurrently in the Court of Appeal.[12] They have two daughters and a son together. His recreations include tennis, languages, and music.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "MANCE". Who's Who. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Jonathan Mance profile". The Times. April 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Judicial Appointments". 10 Downing Street. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "No. 53469". The London Gazette. 28 October 1993. p. 17295. 
  5. ^ "No. 55478". The London Gazette. 7 May 1999. p. 5087. 
  6. ^ House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 12 October 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Lord Mance gives speech to mark 175th anniversary of founding of Hoge Raad, The Netherlands : The Rule of Law - Common Traditions and Common Issues" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Notices, Oxford University Gazette". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
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  11. ^ "Lord Mance delivers Liverpool Law Review Annual Lecture". Liverpool John Moores University. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  12. ^ Marcel Berlins (26 July 2005). "An unusually interesting batch of promotions to the highest courts". Roman law. The Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2009.