Nick Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson

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The Lord Browne-Wilkinson
Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1998 – 5 June 2000
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byThe Lord Goff of Chieveley
Succeeded byThe Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1991 – 5 June 2000
Preceded byThe Lord Brandon of Oakbrook
Succeeded byThe Lord Bingham of Cornhill
In office
1985 – 1 October 1991
Preceded bySir Robert Megarry
Succeeded bySir Donald Nicholls
Personal details
Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson

(1930-03-30)30 March 1930
Died25 July 2018(2018-07-25) (aged 88)

Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson, PC (30 March 1930 – 25 July 2018) was a British judge who served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1991 to 2000, and Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1998 to 2000.

Life and career[edit]

Browne-Wilkinson was the sixth child and only son of the Rev Canon Arthur Browne-Wilkinson, MC, and of Mary Abraham, daughter of Charles Abraham, Bishop of Derby. He was educated at Lancing and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a First in Jurisprudence in 1952. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1953 and took silk in 1972.[1] He was a judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and of Guernsey from 1976 to 1977.

In 1977, Browne-Wilkinson was appointed a Justice of the High Court of Justice and assigned to the Chancery division, receiving the customary knighthood. He was promoted as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1983, and was of sworn of the Privy Council. From 1985 to 1991 he was Vice-Chancellor, the de facto head of the Chancery Division.

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,[2] and was Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1998 until his retirement as Law Lord in 2000. His tenure as Senior Law Lord was marred by the controversy surrounding the Pinochet extradition case.[1] He retired from the House of Lords under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 on 1 March 2016.[3]


Browne-Wilkinson married Ursula de Lacy Bacon in 1955; they had three sons and two daughters. After her death in 1987, he married Hilary Warburton in 1990.

Selected judgments[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lord Browne-Wilkinson obituary". The Times. 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "No. 52677". The London Gazette. 4 October 1991. p. 15091.
  3. ^ "Retired members of the House of Lords". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor
Succeeded by
Preceded by Senior Law Lord
Succeeded by