Rupert Jackson

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The Right Honourable
Sir Rupert Jackson
Lord Justice of Appeal
Assumed office
11 November 2008
Preceded by Lord Justice Judge
Personal details
Born (1948-03-07) 7 March 1948 (age 69)

Sir Rupert Matthew Jackson, PC (born 7 March 1948) is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.


Jackson was educated at Christ's Hospital and Jesus College, Cambridge,[1] of which he is an Honorary Fellow.[2] As an undergraduate, he served as President of the Cambridge Union. He was called to the Bar in 1972 (Middle Temple) and made a Bencher in 1995. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1987. Jackson was a Recorder from 1990 until 1998, and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 1993. In 1999, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division and was knighted the same year. He later served as the judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court from 2004 to 2007. On 2 October 2008, Jackson was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal,[3] and he received the customary appointment to the Privy Council the same year.

Jackson was, with John L. Powell, an author of a leading textbook on the English law of professional liability.[4]

He lives in Surrey and is married to Claire, Lady Jackson, a prominent local solicitor, who is head of the Wills, Trusts and Estates department of Howell-Jones LLP.[5]

Review of civil costs[edit]

With the support of the Ministry of Justice, the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, asked Lord Justice Jackson to conduct a review of civil costs. Aims include carrying out an independent review of the rules governing the costs of civil litigation and to provide recommendations in order to promote access to justice at proportionate cost.

The review commenced in January 2009 and the findings were presented in January 2010.[6] The resulting reforms were implemented as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) in April 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "Interview: Rupert Jackson". 2005. 
  2. ^ "List of honorary fellows". Jesus College. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Lords Justices of Appeal". 7 July 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Jackson & Powell, Professional Negligence, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1982 - now renamed Professional Liability and in its sixth edition (2007).
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