Wyn Williams

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Sir Wyn Williams
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President of Welsh Tribunals
Assumed office
December 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by New position
High Court Judge
In office
2007–2017
Personal details
Born (1951-03-31) 31 March 1951 (age 66)
Nationality  United Kingdom
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Profession Barrister


Sir Wyn Lewis Williams (born 31 March 1951) is a Welsh judge who is the President of Welsh Tribunals.

He was a High Court judge until his retirement on 10 February 2017.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Wyn Lewis Williams was born in Ferndale in the Rhondda to Ronald and Nellie Williams. Educated at Rhondda Grammar County school he matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before entering the Inns of Court School of Law in London.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Williams was called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1974 and made a bencher in 2007. He practised in Cardiff from 1974 to 1988 and in London from 1988 to 2004. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1992, and served as a recorder until his appointment as a specialist Chancery judge for Wales in 2004. On 11 January 2007, Williams was appointed a High Court judge,[3] receiving the customary knighthood, and assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. He served as a presiding judge for the Wales Circuit and as Deputy Chairman of the Boundary Commission for Wales.[4]

He was appointed president of Welsh tribunals in December 2017.[5]

Other activities[edit]

He is active in several organisations, being president of Pendyrus Male Choir, and is closely associated with Tylorstown RFC, the rugby union club for which he played as a youth. His connection with rugby was furthered in 2012 when he was appointed as an unpaid independent chairman of the Professional Regional Game Board, an organisation set up by the Welsh Rugby Union to restructure the sport in Wales.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Court: Retirement of The Honourable Sir Wyn Lewis Williams". www.Judiciary.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Humphries, Bram (28 February 2008). "President sets bench mark". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "No. 58222". The London Gazette. 17 January 2007. p. 601. 
  4. ^ "Appointment – Mr Justice Wyn Williams" (Press release). 13 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Welsh tribunals get their own senior judge". LawGazette.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Judge to chair new rugby board to run Welsh rugby". BBC Sport. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Inaugural position
President of Welsh Tribunals
2017–present
Incumbent