Sir Jeremy Mirth Sullivan PC (born 17 September 1945) became a Lord Justice of Appeal in January 2009 and was appointed Senior President of Tribunals in 2012. He retired from both positions on 17 September 2015.[1] On 25 October 2016 the Transport Secretary announced that Sullivan would oversee the consultation which will follow his announcement recommending a third runway at Heathrow.[2]

Sir Jeremy Sullivan
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Senior President of Tribunals
In office
25 June 2012 – 17 September 2015
Preceded byLord Carnwath of Notting Hill
Succeeded bySir Ernest Ryder
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
January 2009 – 17 September 2015
High Court Judge
In office
Personal details
Born (1945-09-17) 17 September 1945 (age 74)
Alma materKing's College London

He was educated at Framlingham College and King's College London (LLB, LLM) and was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1968 where he became a bencher in 1993.

By 1976 Sullivan was Counsel for the Department of Environment's M25 motorway public inquiry[3] Other clients he represented included the London Borough Councils of Hammersmith [4] and Haringey [5] as well as the Attorney General;[6] while he has worked closely with Harry Woolf in matters of Planning Law.[7] By 1979 his Court of Appeal work included advocating the legalizing of uncompleted development work.[8]

Sullivan was made a QC in 1982, recorder from 1989–97, deputy judge of the High Court from 1993–97, and judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) 1997–2009. Between 1994 and 1997 he served as attorney-general to the Prince of Wales.[9]

As a judge, Sullivan presided over the 2006 Afghan hijackers case, ruling that it was unlawful under the 1971 Immigration Act to restrict the Highjackers' leave to remain in the United Kingdom, and ordered that they be granted "discretionary leave to remain", which entitled them to work in the United Kingdom.[10][11]

His rulings include the February 2007 judgment that the government's 2006 Energy Review had been "misleading" and "unlawful" in its handling of the UK nuclear energy debate,[12] and a 2008 decision in favour of the Government and rejecting a judicial review which sought to reduce night flights at Heathrow.[13]


  1. ^ "Retirement of the Right Honourable Sir Jeremy Mirth Sullivan". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Heathrow approval reaction [at 13:24]". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ The Times, 4 June 1976; Motorway inquiry objectors ejected.
  4. ^ The Times, 1 June 1977, Court of Appeal: Night work must cease to stop noise under new Act
  5. ^ The Times, 13 October 1977; New Archway traffic forecast requested
  6. ^ The Times, 14 March 1978; Chancery Division:Attorney General ex relator Rivers-Moore and Others v Portsmouth City Council
  7. ^ The Times, 1 June 1978 Court of Appeal Planning authority not estopped by its officers' statements
  8. ^ The Times, 21 December 1979 Ashby and Another v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another
  9. ^ Tough judge who forced new review The Daily Mirror 16 February 2007
  10. ^ Timeline of Afghan hijacker case, BBC News, 2 August 2006
  11. ^ S & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] EWHC 1111 (Admin), 10 May 2006
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  13. ^ "Judge rejects night flight appeal". Retrieved 25 October 2016.