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Lord Neuberger lands role at One Essex Court following Supreme Court departure

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As former colleague Lord Clarke secures new arbitration gig

It would appear that ex-Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger has no intentions of leaving the law behind in his retirement.

The 69-year-old, who left the United Kingdom’s top court in September, has resurfaced at One Essex Court. The elite London set, widely considered to be part of the bar’s answer to the magic circle, specialises in areas including commercial litigation, banking and company law.

In a statement released this morning One Essex Court — which boasts 38 QCs and 60 juniors — confirmed that Neuberger had joined the set as a commercial arbitrator.

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Interestingly, the former judge had hinted that a move into arbitration was on the cards during the weeks leading up to his judicial retirement. In an exclusive interview with Legal Cheek’s Katie King this summer, the Oxford chemistry grad said on his impending judicial retirement:

“I can’t say I have any firm plans… [I might] do what lots of judges do, it’s a bit sad in a way, which is to become an arbitrator.”

Now, having accepted the new role, Neuberger appeared slightly more upbeat about arbitration. He said:

“I am very pleased to be joining One Essex Court, and, having retired from the bench, I am looking forward to what I hope will be an equally stimulating time as an arbitrator. Judging and arbitration have much in common, but there are also a number of significant distinctions.”

One Essex Court’s profile on Legal Cheek’s 2017-18 Chambers Most List shows the well-respected set offers around four pupillage positions annually, each with a hefty award of £65,000.

During his Legal Cheek interview, Neuberger admitted “coming out of one’s comfort zone” is the thing he’ll miss most about his retirement. But hopefully this will be eased by the fact Neuberger’s former bench buddy, Lord Clarke, has bagged himself a similar arbitration role just around the corner.

Clarke, who stepped away from Supreme Court life at the same time as Neuberger, has joined 10 Fleet Street, a small team of arbitrators operated in connection with London’s Quadrant Chambers. Legal Cheek understands that former commercial barrister Clarke will handle commercial disputes at 10 Fleet Street — and will be just a three-minute walk away from former boss Neuberger.

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9 Comments

Anonymous

Yes, because it was really Neuberger who “landed” the role, rather than the other way around.

Anonymous

Oxford Chemistry grad eh? – I’m sure that helped with his appointment.

@nighthawkprof

as one gets older and more experienced one can see the benefit of this track within the professions — especially the “oxford” part of it

@nighthawkprof

cannot work out if 1 oxford, 2 cambridge or 3 russet potato group — or 4 non russet potato group downvote

cannot bring myself to care

eton does that to a man — “if not eton — then the rest does not matter”

Anonymous

Nice gig, fair play.

New New Burger LJ (with fries)

I’m back, boys and girls (and everyone in-between!)

70s solicitor who took one tab too many.

Oh yeah baby. He sure gigged that landing right on the bag man. Must have been the chemistry between the elites …..ha ha ha .. get it? …ha ha

fantantonio

he wasnt gonna be queing up at the nearest job centre now was he?

Anonymous

Another job for one of the boys …

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