Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood

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The Lord Brown of Eaton‑under‑Heywood

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Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
1 October 2009 – 9 April 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byLord Carnwath of Notting Hill
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
13 January 2004 – 30 September 2009
Preceded byThe Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough
Succeeded byPosition eliminated
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
High Court Judge
In office
Personal details
Simon Denis Brown

(1937-04-09) 9 April 1937 (age 82)
Spouse(s)Jennifer Buddicom
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford
Military service
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1955-57
RankBritish Army OF-1b.svg Lieutenant
UnitRoyal Artillery

Simon Denis Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, PC (born 9 April 1937) is a British lawyer and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Stowe School

The son of Denis Baer Brown and Edna Elizabeth Brown (née Abrahams), Brown was born on 9 April 1937.[1] He was educated at Stowe School, an independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.[2]

He undertook National Service in the Royal Artillery from 1955 to 1957. He was commissioned on 24 March 1956 as a second lieutenant.[3] He was transferred to the Regular Army Reserves of Officers on 29 July 1957, thereby ending his active service.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant on 7 January 1961. [5]

He graduated from Worcester College, Oxford.

Legal career[edit]

Brown was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1961, having been Harmsworth Scholar.[1] From 1979 to 1984, he was a Recorder and First Junior Treasury Counsel (Common Law). In 1980, he served as Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple.

Judicial career[edit]

Brown was appointed a High Court Judge in 1984 and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, receiving a knighthood on his appointment. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal, a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, in 1992 and was made a Privy Counsellor in the same year. He was Vice-President of the Civil Division from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, and therefore became a life peer with the title Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, sitting as a crossbencher.[6] He and nine other Lords of Appeal in Ordinary became Justices of the Supreme Court upon that body's inauguration on 1 October 2009.

In 2011, Brown gave a concurring judgment in R v Gnango[7] in which he stated that "[t]he general public would be astonished and appalled if in those circumstances the law attached liability for the death only to the gunman who actually fired the fatal shot."[8] The decision of the Supreme Court and Brown's judgment in particular were criticised by former Lord Justice of Appeal the Rt Hon. Sir Richard Buxton QC and Dr Jonathan Rogers, Senior Lecturer in Laws at University College London, for tenuous reasoning in an attempt to mollify public opinion.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Jennifer Buddicom since 31 May 1963; they have two sons and one daughter (Benedict, Daniel and Abigail).


  1. ^ a b "BROWN OF EATON-UNDER-HEYWOOD". Who's Who. Oxford University Press. December 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Simon Denis Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton under Heywood". thePeerage. Retrieved 5 November 2006.
  3. ^ "No. 40772". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 May 1956. p. 2692.
  4. ^ "No. 41142". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 August 1957. p. 4642.
  5. ^ "No. 42243". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 January 1961. p. 83.
  6. ^ "No. 57180". The London Gazette. 16 January 2004. p. 591.
  7. ^ *Regina v Armel Gnango [2011] UKSC 59 (14 December 2011)
  8. ^ BBC News, "Conviction reinstated over New Cross crossfire murder", BBC News Online, (14 December 2011)
  9. ^ R. Buxton, "Being an accessory to one's own murder", Criminal Law Review, (2008), no. 4, pp 275-281
  10. ^ J. Rogers, "Shooting (and judging) in the dark?", Archbold Review, (2012), 1, pp 8-9