Mark Romer, Baron Romer
Romer was born in Crawley, Sussex, the second son of Sir Robert Romer, later a Lord Justice of Appeal, and Betty, née Lemon, daughter of Mark Lemon, founding editor of Punch. He was educated at Rugby and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he read Mathematics, graduating as a junior optime. He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1890. Practicing at the Chancery bar, he was made a Queen's Counsel in 1906 and attached himself to the court of Mr Justice Parker, then that of Mr Justice Sargant when Parker was elevated to the House of Lords.
Romer was appointed a judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court in 1922, in succession to Sir Arthur Frederick Peterson, and received the customary knighthood the same year. In 1929, he was made a Lord Justice of Appeal and sworn of the Privy Council. On 5 January 1938, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in succession to Lord Roche and was made a life peer with the title Baron Romer, of New Romney in the County of Kent. He resigned as Lord of Appeal in April 1944, and passed away four months later. His son, Sir Charles Romer, was appointed to the Chancery Division two months after his death, following in the steps of both his father and grandfather.
Both Lord Romer's father, Sir Robert Romer (1840-1918), and his son, Sir Charles Romer (1897-1969), were also judges, serving as Lords Justices of Appeal in 1899-1906 and 1951-1960 respectively. All three had served in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
He married Anne Wilmot Ritchie, daughter of Charles Thomson Ritchie.
List of cases
- Re Gardner (No.2)  2 Ch 230
- Re City Equitable Fire Insurance Co  Ch 407
- France v James Coombes & Co  2 KB 81
- Cotter v National Union of Seamen  2 Ch 58
- Kirby v Wilkins  Ch 444
- Re Thompson  Ch 342
- Knightsbridge Estates Trust Ltd v Byrne  AC 613
- Southern Foundries (1926) Ltd v Shirlaw  AC 701
- Nokes v Doncaster Amalgamated Collieries Ltd  AC 1014
- "Romer, Mark Lemon (RMR884ML)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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