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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Assumed office 
1 October 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Lord Hope of Craighead
Preceded by Office Created

In office
1 October 2008 – 1 October 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Succeeded by Office Abolished

In office
3 October 2005 – 1 October 2008
Preceded by Lord Woolf
Succeeded by Lord Judge

President of the Courts of England and Wales[1]
In office
3 October 2005 – 1 October 2008
Succeeded by Lord Judge

In office
6 June 2000 – 3 October 2005
Preceded by Lord Woolf
Succeeded by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony

In office
1999 – 2000
Preceded by Lord Lloyd of Berwick
Succeeded by Lord Scott of Foscote

Born 21 January 1938 (1938-01-21) (age 71)
Spouse(s) Christylle Marie-Thérèse Rouffiac
Residence Hampstead, London
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Nicholas Addison Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers PC, QC (born 21 January 1938) is the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Before 1 October 2009 his title was Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was Master of the Rolls from 2000 to 2005 and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2005 until 1 October 2008. He was the first Lord Chief Justice to be head of the English judiciary, when that function was transferred from the Lord Chancellor in April 2006.

Phillips says that his mother's parents "were Sephardic Jews and had eloped to this country from Alexandria because they understood that England was a country in which they would enjoy freedom."

Phillips was educated at Bryanston School. He has been a Governor of the school since 1975 and has been Chairman of the Governors since 1981. He undertook his with the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, where he was a commissioned officer. After the two years' service he went to King's College, where he read law. In 1962, he was called to the Bar where he was the Harmsworth Scholar. He went into practice as a barrister, specialising in maritime law matters. In 1973 he was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence and to the Treasury in maritime and Admiralty matters. In 1978 he "took silk" and became a Queen's Counsel.


Judicial career

In 1982, Phillips was appointed a Recorder and from 1987 was a full-time High Court Judge on the Queen's Bench Division, with the customary knighthood. He took an interest in legal training, and was Chairman of the Council of Legal Education from 1992 to 1997. He presided over several complex fraud trials including those covering the Robert Maxwell pension fund fraud and Barlow Clowes. In 1995, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council. He was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers, of Belsize Park in the London Borough of Camden, in 1998. In early 1999, he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and in 2000 succeeded Lord Woolf as Master of the Rolls. He conducted an inquiry into the outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). He was also chosen Vice-President of the British Maritime Law Association and of the UCD Law Society. He served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2005 to 2008, when he was reappointed as a Law Lord. Since 2008, Lord Phillips was the Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until he became the first President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 1 October 2009.

Personal life

Phillips is married to Christylle Marie-Thérèse Rouffiac, with whom he has two daughters, and a stepson and stepdaughter, and lives in Hampstead, London. He is a member of Brooks's and the Garrick Club. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers and of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and an honorary fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies and University College London. He has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the Universities of Exeter (1998), Birmingham (2003) and London (2004) and the International Institute of Maritime Law, and of Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) from City University, London (2003).


  • Nicholas Phillips, Esq. (birth–1978)
  • Nicholas Phillips, Esq., QC (1978–1987)
  • The Hon. Mr Justice Phillips (1987–1995)
  • The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Phillips (1995–1999)
  • The Rt Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, PC (1999–present)

See also

Decided cases

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Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Woolf
Master of the Rolls
2000 – 2005
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Clarke
Lord Chief Justice
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by
The Lord Judge
Preceded by
The Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Senior Law Lord
2008 – 2009
New creation President of the Supreme Court
2009 – present

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