Robert Walker, Baron Walker of Gestingthorpe

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe
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Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
In office
1 October 2009 – 17 March 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Roger Toulson
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
1 October 2002 – 30 September 2009
Preceded by The Lord Slynn of Hadley
Succeeded by Position eliminated
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
High Court Judge
In office
Personal details
Born Robert Walker
(1938-03-17) 17 March 1938 (age 79)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Suzanne Diana Leggi
Residence London and Essex
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Robert Walker, Baron Walker of Gestingthorpe, PC, (born 17 March 1938) is an English barrister and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He also serves as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.[1]

He sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

Early life and non-judicial career[edit]

Born on 17 March 1938, the son of Ronald Robert Antony Walker by his wife Mary Helen, Walker was educated at Downside School before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge from where he graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Law. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1960 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1982.

In 2010 he was the Treasurer of Lincoln's Inn.

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe has served on the Honorary Editorial Board of the Warwick Student Law Review since its inception in 2010.

Judicial career[edit]

In 1994, Walker was appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division, and as is customary was then made a Knight Bachelor, before serving as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1997. He succeeded Lord Slynn of Hadley GBE as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2002 and was created a Life Peer as Baron Walker of Gestingthorpe (Gestingthorpe is in the County of Essex).[2] It had been mooted by some at the time that a woman might have been appointed to this position, two such names in the offing being: Baroness Hale, who was appointed to the subsequent vacancy, and Lady Justice Arden, who remains a Lord Justice of Appeal and whose husband is now a Law Lord (Lord Mance).[3] He and nine other Lords of Appeal in Ordinary became Justices of the Supreme Court upon that body's inauguration on 1 October 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe married Suzanne Diana Leggi in 1962; they have three daughters and one son.

Notable judgments[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ List of Judges and Judicial Officers (Position as at 1 September 2010)
  2. ^ House of Lords (8 October 2002). "Announcement of his introduction at the House of Lords". minutes of proceedings. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Monitor: The Constitution Unit Bulletin" (PDF). University College London Law Faculty. September 2002. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
Order of precedence
Preceded by
The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
The Lord Collins of Mapesbury
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal