Interesting developments in the composition of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (and, therefore, the Privy Council) today, as one of Theresa May's last formal steps before leaving office.
The appointment of our Oxford University Professor, Andrew Burrows QC (hon), is a thought-provoking decision, given his position has always been seen as one in academia rather than in practice or on the bench. That said, if you are looking for sheer brain power - he is your man!
It'll be a real shame to see the gender balance regress to 10-2, though.
Lord Reed, a Scottish judge who has sat on the supreme court since 2012, will become the next president of the UK’s highest judicial body. ... Three other appointments to the supreme court were also confirmed: Lord Justice Hamblen, Lord Justice Leggatt and Prof Andrew Burrows. They will join as justices on 13 January, 21 April and 2 June 2020 respectively. The selections mean the gender balance on the supreme court will deteriorate. There are currently three women among the 12 justices. When Lady Hale retires as president in January, there will be two – Lady Black and Lady Arden.