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Lord Nicholas Phillips's Biography

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Lord Phillips was appointed in 2005 to take over from Lord Woolf as Lord Chief Justice.

He was born Nicholas Addison Phillips on 21 January 1938, and was educated at Bryanston School, and King's College, Cambridge. In 1972 he married Cristylle Marie-Therese Rouffiac.

Lord Phillips was called to the Bar, Middle Temple in 1962; and made a QC in 1978. From 1982 to 1987 he was a Recorder, before becoming a High Court judge. In 1995 Lord Phillips became an Appeal Court judge.

Lord Phillips ran the BSE inquiry from 1998-2000, before becoming Master of the Rolls.

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers chairs the Sentencing Guidelines Council.

The Times article, Top Judge Defends Fraud Juries reported that Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the Lord Chief Justice, said that scrapping juries in complex fraud cases would not lead to trials that were any shorter or simpler.


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