Former Family Division President passes away (updated)
February 22, 2017 1 comment
The Former President of the Family Division has died at the age of 71.
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).
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division between 2010 and 2012, has died. pic.twitter.com/iLam2A6VYo
— FLBA (@FamilyLawBar) February 18, 2017
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
February 22, 2017
Categories: Family Law