Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance

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The Lord Mance

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Mance in 2019
Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
26 September 2017 – 6 June 2018
Nominated byDavid Lidington
MonarchElizabeth II
PresidentThe Baroness Hale of Richmond
Preceded byThe Baroness Hale of Richmond
Succeeded byLord Reed
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
1 October 2009 – 25 September 2017
Nominated byJack Straw
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byLady Arden
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
3 October 2005 – 1 October 2009
Preceded byThe Lord Steyn
Succeeded byPosition eliminated
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
27 April 1999 – 3 October 2005
High Court Judge
In office
1993 – 27 April 1999
Personal details
Jonathan Hugh Mance

(1943-06-06) 6 June 1943 (age 78)
(m. 1973)
EducationCharterhouse School
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford

Jonathan Hugh Mance, Baron Mance, PC (born 6 June 1943) is a British judge who is a former Deputy President 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, by his wife Joan Erica Robertson Baker.[2][3][4] His grandfather, Sir Henry Osborne Mance, was a distinguished soldier and President of the Institute of Transport; his great-grandfather, Sir Henry Christopher Mance, invented the heliograph.

Like his father, he attended Charterhouse School, a boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. He then studied law at University College, Oxford and graduated with a first class degree.[5] He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1965, becoming a QC in 1982 and a Bencher in 1989.[6]

Judicial career[edit]

In 1990, he became a recorder, and on 25 October 1993 was appointed a High Court judge,[7] serving in the Queen's Bench Division, and received the customary knighthood.[6] On 27 April 1999, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal,[8] and appointed to the Privy Council.[6]

On 3 October 2005, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary with a Life Peerage as Baron Mance, of Frognal in the London Borough of Camden.[9] He was introduced in the House of Lords on 12 October 2005.[10] 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", which "took some years to straighten out".[11]

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]

Mance was appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in September 2017, succeeding Baroness Hale who became President of the Supreme Court.[12] He was sworn into the new position on 2 October 2017.[13] He retired from the Supreme Court on 6 June 2018.[14]

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.[15] He served in this position until 2018.[5][1] He is an honorary fellow of University College,[16] and Visitor of St Cross College, Oxford. In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from Canterbury Christ Church University.[17] He is the current Chief Justice of the Astana International Financial Centre Court, an arbitration centre based in Kazakhstan.[18]

Selected cases[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lady Arden, currently a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom;[19] the two are the first married couple ever to serve concurrently in the Court of Appeal, or consecutively in the Supreme Court.[20] They have two daughters and a son together. Their son, Henry Mance, is the chief features writer of the Financial Times.[21] Lord Mance's recreations include tennis, languages, and music.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "MANCE". Who's Who. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Mance, Sir Henry (Stenhouse) : Who Was Who - oi".
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, 2003, vol. 2, p. 2581
  4. ^ "Jonathan Mance profile". The Times. April 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Lord Mance | Barrister at 7KBW". 7KBW. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Judicial Appointments". 10 Downing Street. 22 July 2005. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  7. ^ "No. 53469". The London Gazette. 28 October 1993. p. 17295.
  8. ^ "No. 55478". The London Gazette. 7 May 1999. p. 5087.
  9. ^ "No. 57779". The London Gazette. 7 October 2005. p. 12971.
  10. ^ House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 12 October 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  11. ^ "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). The Supreme Court. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  12. ^ "No. 61978". The London Gazette. 28 June 2017. p. 12346.
  13. ^ "Lord Mance named Deputy President of the Supreme Court - The Supreme Court". The Supreme Court. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Queen approves appointment of Deputy President of the Supreme Court". 10 Downing Street. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Notices, Oxford University Gazette". Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  16. ^ "". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Honorary Graduands Academic Year 2012/13".
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  19. ^ "Lord Mance delivers Liverpool Law Review Annual Lecture". Liverpool John Moores University. 9 November 2007. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  20. ^ Marcel Berlins (26 July 2005). "An unusually interesting batch of promotions to the highest courts". Roman law. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  21. ^ "Henry Mance | Financial Times". Retrieved 8 October 2020.
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Baroness Hale of Richmond
Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Lord Reed