Robert Carnwath, Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill
|The Right Honourable
Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill
|Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom|
17 April 2012
|Preceded by||The Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood|
|Senior President of Tribunals|
12 November 2007 – 17 April 2012
|Succeeded by||Lord Justice Sullivan|
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
15 January 2002 – 17 April 2012
|Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales|
1998 – July 2002
|Preceded by||Lady Justice Arden|
|Succeeded by||Lord Justice Toulson|
|Born||Robert John Anderson Carnwath
15 March 1945
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Carnwath was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1968. He practised in parliamentary law, planning and local government, revenue law and administrative law. He held the appointment of Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue (Common Law) from 1980 to 1985, succeeded by Alan Moses, now Lord Justice Moses. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1985, and was Attorney General to the Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1994.
He was appointed as a High Court judge on 3 October 1994, in the Chancery Division, and received the customary knighthood. He served as Chairman of the Law Commission from 1999 to July 2002. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal on 15 January 2002 and, as is customary, became a member of the Privy Council. He was formally sworn in as the first Senior President of Tribunals on 12 November 2007.
Carnwath also currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and viola, as well as singing in the Bach Choir.