Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton

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Kenneth William Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, QC, FBA (13 April 1927 – 9 March 2012) was a British politician and member of the House of Lords, affiliated with the Labour Party. He briefly became a crossbench member, citing his dislike of Blairism and 'the smell' of cash for questions.[1] He re-took the Labour Party whip in 2007.[2][3] He worked at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics, where he was the Cassel Professor of Commercial Law from 1964 until his retirement in 1992.[4]

The Lord Wedderburn of Charlton

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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
20 July 1977 – 9 March 2012
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born(1927-04-13)13 April 1927
London, United Kingdom
Died9 March 2012(2012-03-09) (aged 84)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Nina Salaman (div.)
Dorothy Cole (div.)
Frances Knight
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge, London School of Economics

After graduating in law from Queens' College, Cambridge, he served in the RAF for two years. He had a long career in labour law, and in 1977 was created a life peer with the title Baron Wedderburn of Charlton (Wedderburn chose this title as a tribute to his favourite football team Charlton Athletic F.C.[5][citation needed] [6]) from Greater London.

He was an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. Wedderburn also served as a key member of the Bullock Committee.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He married first Nina Salaman in 1951 and had three children, Sarah, David and Lucy. The marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage in 1962 was to Dorothy Cole, a social scientist and university administrator. It also ended in divorce. His third marriage in 1969 was to Frances Knight with whom he had a son, Jonathan.[7] He was a direct descendant of Jamaican-born radical leader and anti-slavery advocate Robert Wedderburn[8] and thus also of the Jacobite rebel Sir John Wedderburn, 5th Baronet of Blackness.


  • ‘Shareholders’ rights and the rule in Foss v Harbottle’ [1957] 16 CLJ 194
  • 'Employees, Partnership and Company Law' [2002] Industrial Law Journal
  • The Worker and the Law, Penguin Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition (25 Sep 1986), ISBN 0140226591

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