Robert Carnwath, Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill

Robert John Anderson Carnwath, Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Kt, CVO, PC (born 15 March 1945), is a British Supreme Court judge.[1]

Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill

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Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Assumed office
17 April 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byLord Brown
Senior President of Tribunals
In office
12 November 2007 – 17 April 2012
Preceded byInaugural
Succeeded byLord Justice Sullivan
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
15 January 2002 – 17 April 2012
Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales
In office
1998 – July 2002
Preceded byLady Justice Arden
Succeeded byLord Justice Toulson
Personal details
Robert John Anderson Carnwath

(1945-03-15) 15 March 1945 (age 74)
EducationEton College
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

The son of Sir Andrew Carnwath KCVO, Robert Carnwath was educated at Eton College, where he won the Newcastle Scholarship, and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Carnwath was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1968. He practised in parliamentary law, planning and local government, revenue law and administrative law. He held the appointment of Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue (Common Law) from 1980 to 1985, succeeded by Alan Moses, now Lord Justice Moses. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1985, and was Attorney General to the Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1994.

He was appointed as a High Court judge on 3 October 1994, in the Chancery Division, and received the customary knighthood. He served as Chairman of the Law Commission from 1999 to July 2002. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal on 15 January 2002 and, as is customary, became a member of the Privy Council. He was formally sworn in as the first Senior President of Tribunals on 12 November 2007.

On 20 December 2011, Carnwath was announced as a new appointee to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. [3] By Royal Warrant, all members of the Supreme Court, even if they do not hold a peerage, are entitled to the judicial style and title "Lord" for life.[4][5]. Carnworth was granted the courtesy style Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill.

Carnwath also currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and viola, as well as singing in the Bach Choir.


  1. ^ UKSC Blog, Profiles: Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill (accessed on 13 November 2012)
  2. ^ ‘CARNWATH OF NOTTING HILL, Rt Hon. Lord’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
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  4. ^ "Courtesy titles for Justices of the Supreme Court" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  5. ^ "No. 59746". The London Gazette. 1 April 2011. pp. 6177–6178.