Tony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony

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The Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony

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Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
1 October 2009 – 30 September 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byPosition created
Master of the Rolls
In office
3 October 2005 – 30 September 2009
Preceded byNick, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Succeeded byDavid, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
1998–2005
High Court Judge
In office
1993–1998
Personal details
Born
Anthony Peter Clarke

(1943-05-13) 13 May 1943 (age 75)
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Rosemary, Lady Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony
EducationOakham School
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
OccupationJudge
ProfessionBarrister
Websitehttp://www.shipwrights.co.uk

Anthony Peter Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony PC QC (called Tony;[1] born 13 May 1943) is a British lawyer. He was one of the first 11 Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Justices, and was the first High Court judge to be appointed directly to that court when it came into existence on 1 October 2009 without previously having sat as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was appointed to the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong on 11 April 2011 as a non-permanent judge.[2] He was previously Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales. He retired from the Supreme Court in September 2017.

Career[edit]

Clarke was educated at Oakham School. In 1957 the trial of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams first made him interested in pursuing a career in the law.[3] He read economics and law at King's College, Cambridge, before being called, in 1965, to the Bar at Middle Temple where he specialised in commercial and maritime law. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1979, and was a Recorder sitting in both criminal and civil courts from 1985 to 1992.

Knight Bachelor breast badge

In 1993, Clarke became a High Court judge and, as is customary, was appointed a Knight Bachelor. He was allocated to the Queen's Bench Division and, in April 1993, he succeeded Mr Justice Sheen as the Admiralty Judge. He sat in the Admiralty Court, the Commercial Court and the Crown Court, trying commercial and criminal cases respectively.

Clarke was promoted to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in 1998 and sworn of the Privy Council. Shortly thereafter, he led the Thames Safety Inquiry[4] and in the following year the judicial inquiry into the Marchioness disaster. He was Master of the Rolls from 2005 until 2009.

On 15 April 2009, it was announced that he would be created a Life Peer,[5] was gazetted on 29 May 2009[6] with the title of Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, of Stone-cum-Ebony, in the County of Kent, and took his seat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords on 1 June 2009.[7] It was announced on 20 April 2009 that Clarke was to be appointed to the Supreme Court with effect from 1 October 2009.[8]

Clarke retired from the Supreme Court in September 2017.

A member of the Shipwrights' Company, Clarke was an Assistant from 2000 and Prime Warden for 2014-15. He lives in Kent and London with his wife, Rosemary née Adam, whom he married in 1968, and has three children.[9]

Styles[edit]

  • Anthony Clarke, Esq (13 May 1943–1979)
  • Anthony Clarke, Esq QC (1979–11 January 1993)
  • The Hon Mr Justice Clarke (11 January 1993–1 October 1998)
  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Clarke (1 October 1998–3 October 2005)
  • The Rt Hon Sir Anthony Clarke MR (1 October 2005–29 May 2009)
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony MR (29 May 2009–30 September 2009)
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony (1 October 2009–present)

List of decided cases[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rainey, Simon. The Law of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts Preface & King's College Cambridge — New Honorary Fellows (Accessed 5 April 2018)
  2. ^ "Cheung named next Chief of High Court". The Standard. Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ Kessell, Sandra. "The Law of the Sea". Seafarer. Marine Society & Sea Cadets. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ Thames Safety Enquiry: final report by Lord Justice Clarke. Stationery Office. 2000. ISBN 9780101455824.
  5. ^ "Life Peerage for Sir Anthony Clarke". number10.gov.uk. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 28 December 2009.
  6. ^ "No. 59079". The London Gazette. 3 June 2009. p. 9433.
  7. ^ House of Lords - Minutes of Proceesings
  8. ^ "Justice of the UK Supreme Court". number10.gov.uk. 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009.
  9. ^ www.thepeerage.com

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Preceded by
Nick, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Master of the Rolls
2005–2009
Succeeded by
David, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lawrence, Lord Collins of Mapesbury
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
Nick, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal