William Aldous

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The Right Honourable
Sir William Aldous
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Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
1995–2003
High Court Judge
In office
1988–1995
Personal details
Born 1936
Nationality British

Sir William Aldous (born 1936) is a retired English judge and currently a judge in the Gibraltar Court of Appeal.

Biography[edit]

William Aldous was head of barristers' chambers at 6 Pump Court, Temple from 1980 to 1988.[1] In 1988 he was appointed to the High Court bench and assigned to the Patents Court of the Chancery Division.[2] In January 1993 his judgment reflected a trend towards the freedom to publish. The Home Office had claimed copyright over tapes of serial killer, Dennis Nilsen in the possession of World In Action. Charles Tremayne of Granada Television, described Aldous's decision to allow broadcast as "welcome and surprising".[3]

He was made a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995[2] (some sources say 1996[1] but Who's Who[4] prefers 1995) and appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1995[5]

He retired from the bench in October 2003[2] and is now an arbitrator in intellectual property arbitrations.[6]

He is a member of the Gibraltar Court of Appeal.[2] In March 2009 he dissented from other Court of Appeal judges, in giving the opinion that the Gibraltar Government's housing allocation policy discriminated against same-sex couples.[7]

Judgments[edit]

Judgments of Aldous in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales include:

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former members". Three New Square. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Groves, Peter (2011). "Aldous, Lord Justice (Sir William Aldous) (1936–)". A Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law. Edward Elgar Ltd. doi:10.4337/9781849807784. ISBN 978 1 84980 777 7. 
  3. ^ Broadcasters welcome 'surprising' decision, Andrew Culf The Guardian, 27 January 1993.
  4. ^ Who's Who. London: A&C Black. 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Privy Council Members
  6. ^ ADR Chambers UK & Europe web site, Sir William Aldous. Consulted on March 29, 2008.
  7. ^ "JUDGMENT Nadine Rodriguez v (1) Minister of Housing of the Government (2) The Housing Allocation Committee" (PDF). Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  8. ^ [1997] EWCA Civ 1174
  9. ^ [1999] 1 WLR 903
  10. ^ British Telecommunications plc v One in a Million Ltd [1999] 1 WLR 903, Aldous LJ at 920.
  11. ^ [2003] EWCA Civ 199, [2003] ICR 688, [2003] IRLR 469
  12. ^ [2002] UKHL 48, [2003] 2 AC 366
  13. ^ [2003] EWCA Civ 1409, [2004] 4 All ER 484