Mr Justice Green has been appointed as the new Chair of the Law Commission.
Taking up his role on 1 August 2018, Sir Nicholas will join the other Commissioners in their independent work reforming the law to make it simple, modern and fair.
He will serve for three years and has declared no political affiliation.
Sir Nicholas Green said:
“Keeping the law under review and making sure that it is fit for purpose helps keep faith in the rule of law and ensure justice is served.
“With the 13th Programme of Law Reform now in full swing, I am very excited to be able to help shape law reform work that will make a real difference to people’s lives – including work on automated vehicles, leasehold and surrogacy law to name but a few.
“I’m delighted to take on this role and cannot wait to get going.”
Departing Chair, Sir David Bean, said:
“Sir Nicholas is an outstanding judge and will be an excellent Chair of the Law Commission. I am delighted that he has been appointed and wish him every success.”
Mr Justice Green
Sir Nicholas Green is a former academic having lectured at the University of Southampton and the University of London. He was called to the Bar in 1986 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1998. He has been a judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) since 2013.
A specialist in European, commercial and constitutional law, one case of note in his career at the bar was R (Factortame Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport which was the first case which established the right of the court to grant an injunction against Parliament.
Sir Nicholas has also previously served as Chairman of the Bar Council and the Advocacy Training Council.
The Law Commission
The Law Commission is an independent arm’s length body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. It provides advice to the UK Government and the Government in Wales.
It is a non-political independent body, set up by Parliament in 1965 to keep all the law of England and Wales under review, and to recommend reform where it is needed. Since then more than two-thirds of all reports have been accepted or implemented in whole or in part.