Sydney Lipworth

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Sir Maurice Sydney Lipworth QC (born 13 May 1931), is a South African lawyer, businessman, public servant and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Lipworth was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1931 and was educated at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg.


He is a co-founder of Hambro Life Assurance with Sir Mark Weinberg and Lord Joel Joffe in the UK (subsequently called Allied Dunbar Assurance and now Zurich Financial Services) (1971–1988).

From 1988 to 1993 he served as Chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in the UK (now the Competition Commission). He subsequently served as Chairman of Zeneca plc (now AstraZeneca plc) and Deputy Chairman of National Westminster Bank plc. He also served as Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and founding Trustee of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation (until 2005).[1]

He is also the Chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra Trust,[2] as well as holding several other directorships and charitable appointments involved with the arts.

Lipworth was knighted in 1991. He was called to the London Bar, appointed QC (hc) (1993) and is a Bencher, Inner Temple. He is a member of the Chambers at One Essex Court.[3] He was awarded an honorary LL.D from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ Clerksroom – profile
  2. ^ Philharmonia Orchestra Trust
  3. ^ One Essex Court – profile
  4. ^ University of the Witwatersrand – Honorary graduates