Justices of Appeal

Current

  • Sir Michael Birt was educated at St Michael’s Preparatory School in Jersey and then at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
  • He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge University from 1966 – 1969 where he obtained a degree in law.
  • He was called to the English Bar in 1970. After pupillage at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn he joined common law chambers as a tenant at 2 Crown Office Row, Temple where he practised as a barrister until 1975.
  • In 1976, he joined the firm of Ogier & Le Cornu in Jersey and on 3rd October 1977, qualified as a Jersey advocate.
  • He became a partner of Ogier & Le Cornu on 1st January 1978 and was appointed a Crown Advocate in 1987. In January 1994, he was sworn in as Attorney General for Jersey.
  • He was appointed a QC in 1995.
  • He served as Deputy Bailiff of Jersey from February 2000 until July 2009.
  • He was sworn in as Bailiff (Chief Justice) of Jersey in July 2009 and retired in January 2015.
  • He currently sits as a Commissioner (judge) of the Royal Court of Jersey and is a member of the Courts of Appeal in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
  • His appointment begins in November 2018.

  • Sir Jack Beatson was a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales between January 2013 and February 2018.
  • Between 2003 and the end of 2012, he served as a Justice of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting in the Administrative Court and the Commercial Court as well as in the general QB list and presiding over criminal trials.
  • He was Fellow and Tutor in Law at Merton College, Oxford between 1973 and 1994, a Law Commissioner for England and Wales between 1989 and 1994, a member of the Competition Commission between 1995 and 2001, and the Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge from 1994 until 2003.
  • Called to the Bar in 1973
  • He was a member of Essex Court Chambers between 1982 and 1989, and 1994 and 2003, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.
  • At the Law Commission, Sir Jack led its work on contract and commercial law, civil evidence, damages, administrative law, and financial services.
  • He has authored and edited leading legal texts including Anson’s Law of Contract (27th – 30th eds.), Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law (1995), and Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the United Kingdom (2006).
  • He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001, and awarded higher doctorates by the Universities of Oxford (DCL) Cambridge (LLD) on the basis of his publications.
  • He holds Honorary Fellowships at Brasenose College, Oxford (where he studied law), Merton College, Oxford, and St John’s College, Cambridge. Since leaving the Court of Appeal, Sir Jack has become an arbitrator at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields and a judge of the Astana International Financial Centre’s Court in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • His appointment begins in November 2018.

  • Born 1947, British
  • University education at Bristol University (LLB) and at the London School of Economics (LLM)
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1977
  • Barrister at 11 King’s Bench Walk, London and One Essex Court, London practising principally in commercial law including banking derivatives, insurance, international sales, competition law and auditors’ negligence, 1977-2001
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel,1987
  • Deputy Judge, High Court of England and Wales 1998-2002
  • Judge, High Court of England and Wales 2002-2014,sitting in the Commercial Court
  • Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court 2014
  • Presiding Judge, Western Circuit 2008-2012
  • Justice of the DIFC Court (Dubai) from April 2015
  • Deputy Judge of the Hong Kong High Court from April 2015
  • Bencher, Hon Society of the Inner Temple
  • Associate Professor, University of British Columbia and Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal 1969-1971 and 1973-1977
  • Lecturer in law, Hong Kong University, 1971-1973
  • Tung Yu Cheng Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University, 2014 –2015
  • Arbitrator, International Commercial Arbitration in London, Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands, 2015

HON. JUSTICE JOHN MARTIN QC
  • Born 1948, British
  • M.A. (Law), Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales 1972
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1991
  • Elected Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn 1999
  • In practice at the Commercial Chancery Bar in London
  • Head of Chambers from 2010
  • Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division) for England and Wales from 1993
  • Judge of the Courts of Appeal, Jersey and Guernsey from 2007
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands 2013

Hon. Justice C. Dennis Morrison
  • Born 1950, Jamaican
  • University education at University of the West Indies and as a Jamaican Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford
  • Admitted as an attorney-at-law in Jamaica, 1975
  • Academic Staff (full time) of Norman Manley Law School and Council of Legal Education for the Commonwealth Caribbean, 1978-1982 and then associate tutor and course director
  • Joined Dunn, Cox & Orrett, 1982-present
  • Partner, 1985 and Head of Litigation, 1995-2008
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1994
  • Appeared before Courts in a wide range of jurisdictions in the Caribbean and before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
  • President, Jamaican Bar Association, 1995-1999
  • Secretary, Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations, 1985-1993
  • Former Member of General Legal Council for Jamaica
  • Chairman, Kingston Legal Aid Clinic, 1995-2008
  • Founding Chairman, Legal Aid Council of Jamaica, 1997-2001
  • Chairman, Council of Legal Education, 1998-2005
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Justice of Appeal, Belize, 2004-2015
  • Justice of Appeal, Jamaica, 2008
  • President of the Court of Appeal, Jamaica, 2016
  • Commonwealth Foundation Fellow, 1991
  • Member of Commonwealth Expert Group on the reform of the law of evidence, 2001
  • Leo Goodwin Memorial Fellow at Nova Southeastern University, Florida 2004
  • Chairman, Continuing Legal Professional Development Committee, Jamaica, 2015-present
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands, 2015
  • Member, Cayman Islands Judicial Education Committee, 2016

Rt. Hon. Justice Sir Alan Moses
  • University College, Oxford
  • Called to the Bar of England by the Middle Temple, 1968
  • Member of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, Common Law from 1981 to 1990
  • Member of Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue, Common Law from 1985 to 1990
  • Took Silk in 1990 and elected a Bencher in 1994
  • Appointed a Recorder in 1986
  • Formerly a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1996
  • Formerly a Presiding Judge for the South East Circuit from 1999 to 2002
  • Appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in 2005
  • Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Arts, as Professor of Law, in 2006
  • Appointed as the first chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands, 2015

Hon. Justice Sir George Newman
  • Born 1941, British
  • B.A. St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge 1961-64
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple, 1965
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1981
  • Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court for England & Wales, 1982
  • Appointed Deputy High Court Judge, 1989
  • Elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple, 1989
  • Treasurer, Middle Temple 2009
  • Practised primarily in London but also in Bermuda, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore
  • Extensive experience in constitutional and commercial cases
  • Constitutional Adviser to the Governor General of Fiji (1987) and to the President of Fiji (1987-1990)
  • Formerly a Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court
  • Formerly non-resident Judge of the Court of Appeal in the Bahamas
  • Appointed as Surveillance Commissioner for England and Wales in January 2010
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands 2013

  • Born 1944, British
  • University education at New College, Oxford and Harvard Law School
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1970
  • Barrister at 3 Essex Court (now 20 Essex Street) practising principally in commercial law, including shipping, insurance, banking, private and public international law, and arbitration law, 1970-1993
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1981
  • Chairman of COMBAR, 1992-1993
  • Judge, High Court of England and Wales 1993-2000, sitting predominantly in the Commercial Court (Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court 1998-1999)
  • Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, 2000-2013
  • Treasurer of the Hon Society of the Inner Temple, 2005
  • Professor of International Commercial Law, Queen Mary, University of London 2013 –
  • Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal, Cayman Islands, 2013
  • Arbitrator, International Commercial Arbitration, practice primarily in London, but also in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Trustee of BIICL (British Institute of International and Comparative Law), 2003-2012
  • Chairman, Advisory Council, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL, 2003-
  • Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford
  • Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London
  • President of BILA (British Insurance Law Association), 2007
  • President of the Harvard Law School Association of the UK, 2002-
  • Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1986-2014
  • Visiting Jones Day Professor of Commercial Law, Singapore Management University, 2015

Former

Hon. Justice Elliot D. Mottley QC
  • Born 1939, Barbados;
  • Called to the Bar in England and Wales November 1961;
  • Admitted to the Bar in Barbados as Barrister, 1961;
  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the West Indies Associated States (practicing in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Montserrat and Anguilla), 1967;
  • Member of Barbados Parliament (for the constituency of the City of Bridgetown for the Barbados Labour Party), 1969 – 1976;
  • Principal Representative of the Government of Barbados in New York, U.S.A. (Designation of Counsel General),1976;
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1980;
  • Admitted to practice at the Bar in Trinidad & Tobago, 1992;
  • Her Majesty’s Attorney General for the Island of Bermuda; acting as Deputy Governor on several occasions; 1995 – 1998;
  • Appointed non-resident Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal, Belize, 1999;
  • Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Barbados Bar Association, 1999 – 2000;
  • Appointed non-resident Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal Turks & Caicos Islands 2002;
  • Acted as Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Barbados, 2002;
  • Admitted to practice at the Bar in Antigua and Barbuda, 2003;
  • Appointed President of the Court of Appeal, Belize, 2004;
  • Appointed Justice of the Court Appeal, the Cayman Islands 2005 to present.