Lionel Cohen, Baron Cohen

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Lionel Leonard Cohen, Baron Cohen PC (1 March 1888 – 9 May 1973), was a British judge.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Cohen was born in London, the son of Sir Leonard Lionel Cohen, a banker. He was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he took Firsts in History and Law. He was called to the bar in 1913 by the Inner Temple, but later joined Lincoln's Inn. During World War I, he served with the London Regiment, and was wounded in France.

After the War, Cohen returned to the bar, mainly practicing company law. He was made a King's Counsel in 1929. During World War II, Cohen served with the Ministry of Economic Warfare from 1939 to 1943.

Judicial career[edit]

Cohen was appointed to the High Court in 1943 and assigned to the Chancery Division, receiving the customary knighthood. In 1946, he was made a Lord Justice of Appeal and invested to the Privy Council. On 12 November 1951, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and made additionally a life peer with the title Baron Cohen, of Walmer in the County of Kent. In 1960, he retired as Lord of Appeal.

Cohen chaired many Royal Commissions in the years following World War II, particularly the Report of the Committee on Company Law Amendment in 1945 and on compensation.[2] From 1946 to 1956 he chaired the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors, which acknowledged scientists who had made technological advances such as radar and the jet engine during the war. He also headed the Cohen Inquiry into the loss of de Havilland Comet airliners Yoke Peter and Yoke Yoke in 1954.


Cohen was married with two sons and one daughter.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ William D. Rubinstein (22 February 2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-0-230-30466-6. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ D R Thorpe (9 September 2010). Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan. Random House. pp. 756–. ISBN 978-1-4090-5932-5. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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