News

Lord Neuberger reveals his biggest regrets

By on
39

Exclusive: Supreme Court president admits there are cases he wonders if he got right

Lord Neuberger has shared his three biggest Supreme Court regrets with Legal Cheek.

The top judge will be leaving the country’s highest court this month, and will be replaced by his former deputy Lady Hale. In an interview with features editor Katie King, Neuberger was asked what he’d do differently if he could have his five years as Supreme Court president again. He said:

One thing that I would have liked to have done, that I didn’t do, was to have sat with the court and presided over the court in Belfast and in Cardiff. As you know, a few months ago we sat in Edinburgh… and I was very, very pleased with that. Sadly I’m going to have to go retire before we sit in Belfast, which the court is due to do next spring.

Neuberger is hoping this ‘Supreme Court tour’ will continue to develop under Hale, even noting it’s “a possibility” the justices will sit in smaller cities like Bristol and Manchester. He added:

It is very important to emphasise that the Supreme Court is the United Kingdom Supreme Court, not the England Supreme Court, let alone the London Supreme Court.

The travel bug must have bitten Neuberger hard. His second regret is this: “I really enjoy going to universities and schools and if I have a regret it’s that I didn’t do more.”

In a move that we hope will delight law students across the country, former Master of the Rolls Neuberger let slip that he’d be “very happy” to give university talks about judges, the rule of law, and more. With retirement looming, let’s hope he’ll be coming to a law school near you soon!

Stepping away from the importance of getting out and about, Neuberger’s third, and perhaps most candid, regret goes to the heart of a judges’ job: giving judgments.

Oxford chemistry graduate Neuberger admitted that at times there was “a bit of a logjam” in getting judgments out. This was often down to a combination of factors. But, he added:

There were times I should and could have done more… I regret not having tried to introduce some more control over that.

When pushed on whether Neuberger has any regrets relating to specific cases and judgments, he notably told us:

Of course there are cases where I think I could have done better. I’m afraid there are even… decisions that I do wonder if I got it right. It’s not very nice once you’ve given a judgment to think, a bit later, ‘I think I may not have been right’. But that’s life, nobody gets everything absolutely right all the time.

Legal Cheek’s full interview with Neuberger will be uploaded to the site soon. In it, you’ll find out how the outgoing president dealt with the pressure surrounding his Article 50 Miller judgment, what he thinks about Hale as a successor and — the question you’ve always wanted answered — what the justices do for lunch.

For all the latest commercial awareness info, and advance notification of Legal Cheek’s careers events, sign up to the Legal Cheek Hub.

39 Comments

Anonymous

Breaking news: Lord Neuberger is a human… and LC films their interviews on an iPhone…

(40)(1)

Law stud

Go Katie! You look sophisticated & beautiful as always x (not a troll, this is a genuine comment)

(18)(27)

Anonymous

What has this got to do with the article?
You’re losing it man…

(0)(1)

Prime Minister Nigel Farage

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

(9)(2)

Call me Katie!

(16)(4)

Anonymous

You’re Katie.

(7)(11)

Anonymous

This number is real guys!! I just called it
Some fella picked up weird 😝

(9)(0)

Anonymous

Did you actually call? Who picked up haha

(10)(0)

Anonymous

I love you Katie <3

(7)(6)

BAN KATIE KING FROM LC

She needs to go.

(11)(15)

Anonymous

Does she really? Then that’ll just leave Tom Connelly – how will LC operate win 1 journalist? Huh answer me cleverclogs

(3)(0)

Anonymous

Bring back Briana.

(2)(1)

Anonymous

Who the hell is that: do you mean Christianah?

(1)(1)

Anonymous

No, Briana. You must be new.

(2)(1)

Anonymous

Which article has Brianna written? I’m so confused 😐

(0)(0)
(0)(0)

Anonymous

Briana did the Buzzfeed style “10 things…” articles for a bit.

She was a babe.

SingaporeSwing

Great work. He’s such a ledge

I wonder if Alex will enjoy such cordial relations with the Baroness…

(2)(0)

KK for SC 2018

Love Neuberger. Say whatever you like about LC but Katie has got to be the star of the show, who else could get such a human interview with an SC president

(14)(1)

Anonymous

Still nobody takes LC seriously. Apart from the naive HR departments of LC’s TOP sponsors like RPC, Bond Dickinson, Reed Smith etc.

(9)(6)

Anonymous

Can someone please provide a rough list of LC’s Sponsors? It’d be interesting to see…
I’m assuming none of the MC firms sponsor LC as of yet…

(1)(1)

Anonymous

Anon 1:13pm, stupid comment. Lord Neuberger takes LC seriously enough to give an interview where he is delightfully candid. He will leave his mark as a first -class SC president, highly respected even when he was just a High Court judge.

(11)(1)

BAN [worn out joke] FROM LC

if it’ll be so easy why don’t you try it?

(2)(5)

Anonymous

For all the hate in the comments section you can’t deny having a first class law degree, being an editor and doing an interview with the biggest judge in the country by 23 is pretty good going. Broadcasting is hard. It’s hard to keep your nerve when you’re talking to someone so famous and their PR people are there and there’s a camera (or Iphone whatever) in your face. Receiving horrible comments every single day is probably hard too. Cut the girl some slack.

(48)(8)

SingaporeSwing

Very well said!

(14)(3)

Interloper

Agreed. Lot of bitter idiots on here…:-|

(13)(3)

Anonymous

EXACTLY! haters gon hate honestly !

(6)(3)

Commercial chancery tenant.

I completely agree with this. She is doing very well for herself. Her continuing in the face of daily sexist trolling shows quite admirable strength of character.

(16)(3)

Anonymous

I really rate her. She is so cute too. I wonder if she would find my sofa comfortable.

(8)(3)

Mr Big

Katie King can I take you out for dinner?

(14)(2)

Anonymous

I think that the Supreme Court should lead by example and sit from 8am – 8pm.

And if they don’t get a Judgment out within 7 days they should be sacked.

(12)(2)

Anonymous

This is so irrelevant boy 👋🏼

(0)(5)

Anonymous

Can you guys just please leave me alone!

I only prefer academic scholars and intelligent men reading my articles on LC. Go away perverts.

(14)(0)

Anonymous

Loooooooooooool. Leave it out troll

(0)(4)

lawyer

i’m your biggest fan katie!!!

(7)(1)

Anonymous

Lord Neuberger Is the last great Master of the Rolls !

(0)(0)

Anonymous

Katie is a babe.

Babe be babeing.

Babiest babe ever.

(1)(0)

Comments are closed.