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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury P.C.

Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

Assumed office 
1 October 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by The Lord Clarke

In office
11 January 2007 – 30 September 2009
Preceded by The Lord Nicholls
Succeeded by Position eliminated

In office

Born 10 January 1948 (1948-01-10) (age 62)
Birth name David Edmond Neuberger
Spouse(s) Angela Holdsworth
Relations Rabbi Herman N. Neuberger (uncle), Rabbi the Baroness Neuberger (sister-in-law)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister
Religion Jewish

David Edmond Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, PC, (born 10 January 1948) is a British lawyer and Master of the Rolls.


Early life

Neuberger was born on 10 January 1948, the son of Professor Albert Neuberger,[1] Professor of Chemical Pathology at St Mary's Hospital, University of London, and his wife, Lilian. His uncle was the noted rabbi, Herman N. Neuberger. All three of his brothers are now professors: James is Professor of Medicine at the University of Birmingham, Michael is Professor of Molecular Immunology at the University of Cambridge, while Anthony is Professor in Finance at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.[2] Anthony's wife is the rabbi, Julia Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger.

He was educated at the independent Westminster School in the precincts of Westminster Abbey, and studied Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford.[1][3] Upon graduation, he worked at the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons, from 1970-1973.[1][4]

Legal career

Neuberger was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1974,[1][5] where he became a Bencher in 1993. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1987. He was a Recorder from 1990 to 1996, when he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and received the customary knighthood. In 2001, he was made Supervisory Chancery Judge of Midland, Wales and Chester, and of the Western Circuits, a post he held until 2004, when he was promoted to become a Lord Justice of Appeal and a member of the Privy Council.[1][5]

On 11 January 2007, he succeeded Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary[5] and was made a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset, and introduced to the House on 15 January 2007 between Lord Bingham of Cornhill and his sister-in-law, Baroness Neuberger.[6] His rise to the Court of Appeal and then to the House of Lords is one of the quickest in recent times. Although Lord Devlin was, at 55, even younger on his own appointment to the House of Lords in 1960, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury was in turn the youngest current Law Lord.[7] It was announced on 23 July 2009 that he would be appointed the next Master of the Rolls, succeeding Lord Clark of Stone-cum-Ebony, who became a founding Justice of the Supreme Court on the retirement of Lord Scott of Foscote. This appointment duly took effect on 1 October 2009.

Between 2006-2007, he led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the Bar. He also served on the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, led by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn, which reported in July 2009. Other Panel members included Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, Michael Grade, Chairman of ITV, and Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal.[8]

Personal life

In 1976, Neuberger married Angela Holdsworth, the TV producer and writer. They have three children, Jessica, Nicholas and Max, who are all solicitors.[3] He has been Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Spoliation of Art during the Holocaust since 1999, and of the Schizophrenia Trust since 2003. Since 2000, he has been a Governor of the University of the Arts London.[1][9]



Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
Order of precedence
Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Ma
Chief Judge of the High Court


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