Lord Brown of Eaton-Under-Heywood RIP
Tribute to former Justice
10 July 2023
Following the sad news of the death of former Supreme Court Justice Lord Brown of Eaton-Under-Heywood on 7 July 2023, Lord Lloyd-Jones paid tribute to him before the hearing in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on 10 July.
Lord Brown was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2004 and he became a Justice of the Supreme Court at its inauguration on 1 October 2009.
Lord Brown retired from the Court in 2012 and since then had been an active cross-bencher in the House of Lords.
Lord Lloyd-Jones said:
"It is with great sadness that the members and staff of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council have learned the news of the death of our colleague and friend, Simon Brown, Lord Brown of Eaton-Under-Heywood.
Simon Brown had a most distinguished career in the law. At the Bar he rose to become First Treasury Counsel (Common Law) between 1979 and 1984. He was appointed a High Court Judge of the Queen's Bench Division in 1984 and in 1992 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. In 2004 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He became a Justice of the Supreme Court at its inauguration on 1 October 2009.
Following his retirement from the Supreme Court Lord Brown was active as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords playing an important role in debates on legislation.
Simon Brown will be remembered for his important contributions as a judge to the development of the common law and for his legal learning which was lightly worn. He was a man of immense personal charm and wit and he is held by his colleagues and friends in warm admiration and affection.
We extend to his widow, Jenny, to Ben, Abigail and Dan and to all their family our condolences."