Former Family Division President passes away (updated)


The Former President of the Family Division has died at the age of 71.

Sir Nicholas Wall had retired from the role for health reasons in December 2012, less than three years after his appointment. He was succeeded by Sir James Munby.

Sir Nicholas originally became a barrister at Gray’s Inn back in 1969, and was appointed a QC (‘took silk’) 19 years later. His climb up the judicial ladder began the same year and by 1993 he had joined the Family Division of the High Court.

He spent four years as a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Board on Family Law, from 1997 to 2001, becoming Chair of the Children Act Sub-Committee from 1998.

His death was reported on Twitter by the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA).

In a separate report on its website, the FBLA said: “Sir Nicholas was a compassionate judge who thought and cared deeply about the outcome of his cases.”

Update 23 February: Sir Nicholas’ family have announced in today’s edition of The Times that he took his own life after being diagnosed with a rare form of dementia.

Photo of barristers’ wigs by ASC Shakespeare Camp 2013 via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Andrew - February 22, 2017 at 10:15pm

Very sad. One of the finest judges of our time. And no age.

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