Statement on the Retirement of Sir Nicholas Wall
2 October 2012
Commenting on the retirement, on 1 December, of Sir Nicholas
Wall as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice
for England and Wales, Nicholas Cusworth QC, Chairman of the Family
Law Bar Association, said:
"Sir Nicholas Wall has been the most distinguished family lawyer
of his generation. He was equally at home with cases involving
money and children at the Bar, a very rare commodity. As a judge,
he was brave in asserting what he saw as the right way, especially
where the interests of children were concerned.
"His elevation to the Presidency of the Family Division of the
High Court was welcomed universally by the profession, because of
his reputation for integrity and probity and the many sound
judgements which he delivered during his long career in the Family
Division itself and in the Court of Appeal. He was trusted to stand
up for the fair administration of family justice against the
repeated attempts at cost cutting by successive governments. It is
a great shame that his opportunity to shape family law from the
Presidency has been cut short by illness."
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