Lord Saville of Newdigate

Educated at Rye Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. Studied law and obtained first class degrees (BA and BCL). Awarded the Oxford Vinerian Scholarship in 1960. Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1962 and became a Bencher of that Inn in 1983. Joined the Chambers of R A McCrindle QC and practised commercial law. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1975. Appeared as counsel in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore Courts, as well as in many arbitrations.

Appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1985. Was the judge in charge of the Commercial Court for some years, before being appointed to the Court of Appeal in
1994. Much of the work in the Commercial Court involved arbitration matters. Chaired the Trade and Industry Departmental Committee responsible for preparing and promoting new arbitration legislation, which resulted in the English Arbitration Act 1996.

Became a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (a Law Lord) in 1997. In 2009 the Law Lords became Justices of the new Supreme Court. Retired from that Court in September 2010.

In 1998 was appointed to chair a tribunal of inquiry into Bloody Sunday, an event in 1972 where in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, British troops fired on civilians. The report of this inquiry was published in 2010 and is available on the Internet, as is further information concerning the inquiry and its subject matter.


Currently President of the Academy of Experts. Holds Honorary Doctorates from Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan) and Nottingham Trent University and is an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford.
Member of LCIA