Nick 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 The Lord Goff of Chieveley
Succeeded by The 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 Robert Megarry
Succeeded by Donald Nicholls
Personal details
Born Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson
(1930-03-30)30 March 1930
Died 25 July 2018(2018-07-25) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson, PC[1] (30 March 1930 – 25 July 2018[2]) was a British judge who was Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the United Kingdom, Head of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Vice-Chancellor of the High Court.[3]

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. He retired from the House of Lords on 1 March 2016.[4]

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.[5]


Decisions of Browne-Wilkinson include:


  1. ^ Popplewell, Oliver. Hallmark: A Judge's Life at Oxford p. 121 & Paterson, Alan. Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court p. 177 (Accessed 5 April 2018)
  2. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2014. Lord Browne–Wilkinson, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 82
  3. ^ "Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson". The Peerage. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Retired members of the House of Lords". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ Al Masri v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCA 1009 (15 August 2002); accessed 22 March 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Megarry
Succeeded by
Donald Nicholls
Preceded by
Robert, Lord Goff of Chieveley
Senior Law Lord
Succeeded by
Tom, Lord Bingham of Cornhill