Robert Goff, Baron Goff of Chieveley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Goff of Chieveley
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The Lord Goff of Chieveley
Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 1996 – 30 September 1998
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by The Lord Keith of Kinkel
Succeeded by The Lord Browne-Wilkinson
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
6 February 1986 – 30 September 1998
Succeeded by The Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough
Personal details
Born Robert Lionel Archibald Goff
(1926-11-12) 12 November 1926 (age 89)
Nationality British
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Robert Lionel Archibald Goff, Baron Goff of Chieveley, PC, DCL, FBA (born 12 November 1926)[1] is a retired British judge.


Eton College

Lord Goff, High Steward of the University of Oxford, retired in 1998 as the Senior Law Lord after more than a decade as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord) in the House of Lords. Prior to being created a Law lord and receiving a life peerage as Baron Goff of Chieveley in the County of Berkshire in 1986, Lord Goff studied at Eton College and at New College, Oxford. On 1 October 1996, The Lord Keith of Kinkel retired as Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and Lord Goff succeeded him,[2] Lord Goff remained in the role until his own retirement.

He served in the army and as a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, practised as a barrister and Queen's Counsel, and was appointed to the High Court in 1975 and to the Court of Appeal in 1982. Lord Goff, co-author of Goff & Jones, The Law of Restitution, is the acknowledged father of English restitution law, and has served on many important cases in the House of Lords

He is the President of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a patron of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal,[3] and was awarded the Grand Gross (First Class) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to British awareness of German law.

Important judgments[edit]

Lord Goff gave many important judgments, including his judgments in the following cases:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014. Lord Goff of Chieveley, a former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, is 87 
  2. ^ "State Intelligence". London Gazette. 4 October 1996. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal – Board of Patrons". Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Keith of Kinkel
Senior Law Lord
Succeeded by
The Lord Browne-Wilkinson