Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Browne-Wilkinson
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Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1998 – 5 June 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Goff of Chieveley
Succeeded by Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1991 – 5 June 2000
Preceded by The Lord Brandon of Oakbrook
Succeeded by The Lord Bingham of Cornhill
In office
1985 – 1 October 1991
Preceded by Sir Robert Megarry
Succeeded by Sir Donald Nicholls
Personal details
Born Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson
(1930-03-30) 30 March 1930 (age 85)
Nationality British
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson, PC (born 30 March 1930)[1] is a former Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the United Kingdom and former Head of the Privy Council and Vice-Chancellor of the High Court.[2]

He was educated at Lancing and at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created a life peer as Baron Browne-Wilkinson, of Camden in the London Borough of Camden, on 1 October 1991.

Lord Browne-Wilkinson delivered the Privy Council rulings for Tan Te Lam v Superintendent of Tai A Chau Detention Centre (a Vietnamese refugee centre in Hong Kong and under British administration when the incident occurred) in 1997. The rulings have since been used in immigration cases globally.[3]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2014. Lord Browne–Wilkinson, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 82 
  2. ^ "Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson". The Peerage. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Al Masri v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCA 1009 (15 August 2002)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Megarry
1985 - 1991
Succeeded by
Sir Donald Nicholls
Preceded by
The Lord Goff of Chieveley
Senior Law Lord
Succeeded by
The Lord Bingham of Cornhill