New President for UKELA

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new President, and warmly welcome Rt Hon Lord Justice Lindblom to the role. We were fortunate that our Chair, Ned Westaway, could welcome Sir Keith Lindblom in person at last week’s Garner Lecture on Thursday 18 November. 

Sir Keith Lindblom was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in November 2015. He became a High Court judge in October 2010. In January 2013 he was appointed President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and in April 2014 the first Planning Liaison Judge – the lead judge of the then newly formed Planning Court. In April 2018 he was appointed Vice-President of the Unified Tribunals and President of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber). He became a Patron of UKELA in July 2017, and in the same month he was made an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. At the Bar he practised mainly in the law relating to planning, the environment, local government, and compulsory purchase and compensation. He was a founding member, and is now an Honorary Member, of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association. As a High Court judge, he sat mostly in the Administrative Court and latterly the Planning Court. In the Court of Appeal he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Planning and Environmental law.

With news of the appointment we were also honoured to be able to thank Lord Carnwath in person for his support over the past 15 years as a very active President. He has spoken at our Annual Conferences, chaired numerous Garner Lectures and assisted at many other events. He has judged our student Moot Finals on a number of occasions, and has been our President through 8 Chairs, 3 Executive Directors, 13 Patrons and many trustees. We are indebted to him for his long service and wish him well. 

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