Born at Shaftesbury, he was educated at Gray's Inn before being called to the Bar in 1840. He earned a reputation as a sound and acute barrister, specially familiar with procedure. He was appointed QC in 1857, and was immediately elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn. He became a Justice of the Queen's Bench and was knighted in 1865; he was sworn a member of the Privy Council in 1879. He was a life-long baptist.
He married in 1839, Elizabeth Ann (died 16 March, 1881), the eldest daughter of Rev Christopher Woollacott, of London. They had several children, including Judge Herbert W. Lush-Wilson, K.C., and Sir Charles Montague Lush (1853–1930), who married Margaret Abbie Locock, fourth daughter of Charles Brodie Locock; in 1913 he sentenced Emmeline Pankhurst.
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