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Sir Ross Frederick Cranston (born 23 July 1948 in Brisbane, Australia) is a professor of law at London School of Economics and a retired High Court judge. He is also a former British Labour Party politician, acting as the Member of Parliament for Dudley North between 1997 and 2005.

Sir Ross Cranston
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
28 July 1998 – 11 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byLord Falconer
Succeeded byHarriet Harman
Member of Parliament
for Dudley North
In office
2 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byConstituency Established
Succeeded byIan Austin
Personal details
Born (1948-07-23) 23 July 1948 (age 71)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Queensland, Harvard Law School, University of Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Cranston attended Wavell State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. He was later a student at University of Queensland where he was awarded a BA in 1969 and LLB in 1970. From Harvard Law School, he gained LLM in 1973. From Oxford University, he was awarded DPhil in 1976 and DCL in 1998. He became a barrister of Gray's Inn in 1976.

Cranston was a professor at London School of Economics from 1992 to 1997 and the holder of the Cassell chair in commercial law from 1993 to 1997. Before that he held academic posts in the UK and Australia and the Sir John Lubbock chair in banking law at QMW, being a professor of Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College from 1986 to 1991.

Parliamentary careerEdit

After contesting Richmond in North Yorkshire in 1992, Cranston was elected as the Member of Parliament for Dudley North at the next general election in 1997 with more than half of the votes cast.[1] He served as Solicitor General from 1998 to 2001, when he returned to the back benches. After speculation amongst colleagues, he announced in 2005 that he would not stand for Parliament again in the 2005 election. He was succeeded by Ian Austin.

Law careerEdit

Cranston was the Centennial Professor of Law at the LSE from 2005 to 2007, and returned as a professor of law from 2017.[2]

Appointed as a High Court judge in October 2007, he was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division.[3] Marcel Berlins wrote in The Guardian at the time that Cranston's appointment was unusual among judicial appointments in recent years, given that it occurred so soon after the end of his political career.[4] Cranston retired with effect from 16 March 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Dudley North".
  2. ^ "The University of Queensland - System - Error 404".
  3. ^ "Legislated Rights: Comment by Sir Ross Cranston". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ Berlins, Marcel (7 October 2007). "Marcel Berlins: MP, academic - and now high court judge". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "High Court: Retirement of The Honourable Sir Ross Frederick Cranston FBA".

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