Lady Hale’s spider brooch — which cost £12 from Cards Galore — didn’t have ‘hidden message’

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Lady Hale delivering last year’s landmark Supreme Court judgment, sporting her now-famous spider brooch

Lady Hale has explained how she came into possession of her famous spider brooch.

“None of my brooches are worth very much; they are all costume jewellery,” Hale has revealed in an interview with The Guardian. “The infamous spider brooch was from Cards Galore; it cost about £12.”

The eight-legged accessory was famously worn by the former Supreme Court president last year, as she delivered the ruling that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful.

The stylish spider pin quickly reached mega-viral fame, with fans across the world paying tribute — from politicians wearing spider-brooch t-shirts to the US Supreme Court legend Ruth Bader Ginsburg receiving her own version of the eye-catching pin. Lord Reed, now the president of the Supreme Court, even described the jewel encrusted brooch as “a symbol of swashbuckling womanhood”.

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But Hale, who retired from the Supreme Court last year, insists that she wasn’t trying to convey “any sort of hidden message”. The ‘Beyoncé of the Law’ continued:

“If I had realised some of the things that people might have speculated, then I would probably have worn an innocuous bunch of flowers.”

According to Hale, she first began wearing brooches while serving in the family division of the High Court. “I was wearing, on the whole, dark suits and my husband started buying me brooches to lighten them,” she said. Her unique brooch collection has since grown, and now includes “bugs, beetles, a dragonfly, a fox and a nice little cat”.

Hale isn’t the only ex-bench member to boldly accessorise their courtroom garb. Former Supreme Court judge and legal icon Lord Sumption was known for his eye-catching tie collection.

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‘Beyoncé of the Law’ – this woman has reached the pinnacle of a career that actually matters… don’t compare her to some ‘entertainer’.



I think most people care rather more about music than they do about the law of England and Wales. Rather condescending to claim that music and popular culture does not “actually matter”.

Either way, Hale was always mediocre. There are, and always have been, far better female lawyers.



Cutting edge journalism.


Una from the Saturdays

Bravo! Another fascinating article.

Thank you so much for sharing. Your pioneering journalism is something you can all be proud of at Legal Cheek HQ.


Hale Fan

I love that brooch! 🕷



I am really quiet at work today. I am going to go out for lunch and get myself a Chicken Tikka Massala from the local Indian restaurant. I think I’ll wash it down with a refreshing pint of Cobra. Some poppadoms to start with a generous dollop of mango chutney. Onion bhajis on the side. One of those crappy little ice creams you get in a children’s plastic pot for dessert. Can’t f*cking wait.



Well imagine my shock!


illiterate peasant, PhD

I’m sure Hale would have preferred to have been treated with the dignity and respect that ought to be afforded to any senior judge, regardless of their gender. Instead, she got fawning praise about her dress choice, and facile comparisons with pop figures. Would anyone have described Lord Neuberger as the “Michael Buble” of the legal world? No, because all of this shtick is performative, pathetic cringe, which does nothing to actually address the issues which face women at the Bar and elsewhere. That would require actual effort, so instead we get this woke nonsense shoved down our throats. Ridiculous.


Call me Kelly

If she’s Beyoncé I’m definitely Kelly lolz… Eve Cornwell



Katie King’s words still echo through this website


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