Michael Mustill, Baron Mustill

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Mustill
Lord Mustill Times.jpg
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
10 January 1992 – 21 March 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by The Lord Oliver of Aylmerton
Succeeded by The Lord Saville of Newdigate
Personal details
Born Michael John Mustill
(1931-05-10)10 May 1931
Died 24 April 2015(2015-04-24) (aged 83)
Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Spouse(s) Beryl Davies (m. 1960-1983; divorced)
Caroline Phillips
(m. 1984-2015; his death)
Children Two sons; one stepdaughter
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Occupation Judge
Profession Law

Michael John Mustill, Baron Mustill, PC, FBA (10 May 1931 – 24 April 2015) was an English barrister and judge.[1]

The son of Clement William and Marion Mustill, he was educated at Oundle School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Doctor of Laws in 1992. He served in the Royal Artillery from 1949 to 1951, was called to the Bar, Gray's Inn in 1955, became a Queen's Counsel in 1968 and a Bencher in 1976. Mustill was Deputy Chairman of the Hampshire Quarter Sessions in 1971. He was made Chairman of the Civil Service Appeal Tribunal in 1971 and Recorder of the Crown Court in 1972, holding both posts until 1978, when he was knighted.[2]

Mustill was a judge of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division from 1978 to 1985 and Presiding Judge, North Eastern Circuit from 1981 to 1984. From 1985 he was Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board until 1989, Chairman of the Departmental Committee on Law of Arbitration until 1990, and Lord Justice of Appeal from 1985 to 1992. On 10 January 1992, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and in consequence created a life peer as Baron Mustill, of Pateley Bridge in the County of North Yorkshire.[3][4] In 1997, he retired as Lord of Appeal.

Lord Mustill married twice, firstly in 1960 to Beryl Davies, they divorced in 1983; and secondly to Caroline Phillips in 1984, with whom he had two sons and one stepdaughter. He was Honorary President of the Cambridge University Law Society.[5]

Notable judgments[edit]

See also[edit]

Operation Spanner


  1. ^ Obituary, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 47607". The London Gazette. 4 August 1978. p. 9353.
  3. ^ "Lord Mustill". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. ^ "No. 52794". The London Gazette. 15 January 1992. p. 577.
  5. ^ "Death of the Rt Hon Lord Mustill". cam.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.