Honorary Fellow to join Supreme Court

Friday, 10 August, 2018 - 10:00
Lord Kitchin, Fitzwilliam College Honorary Fellow and alumnus

The Rt Hon Sir David Kitchin QC, Lord Justice of Appeal, (NatSci, Law 1973; MA Law 1981) has been appointed to the Supreme Court with effect from 1 October 2018.

The appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, following the recommendations of an independent selection commission.

Sir David Kitchin studied Natural Sciences and Law at Fitzwilliam College, during which time he also coxed the University’s Men’s Blue Boat to success in the 1975 Boat Race. Following his studies he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1977. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1994 and was elected a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2003. His practice covered all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and trade secrets.

Lord Justice Kitchin was appointed a judge of the High Court, Chancery Division in 2005 and Senior Judge of the Patents Court in 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he was the Chancery Supervising Judge for the Midland, Wales and Western Circuits and, during that time, was also a member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011 and was the Lord Justice responsible for the supervision of intellectual property appeals.

Lord Justice Kitchin is the Chair of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and has been awarded an honorary LL.D. by that university.

He has been appointed alongside Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Sales.

Reflecting on the appointment, The Master, Nicola Padfield, Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Faculty of Law, said: “We are thrilled by David's appointment. He was a great student and continues to show that from Fitzwilliam - everything is possible!”


Source: The Supreme Court (news release

Photo credit: Kevin Leighton/The Supreme Court


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