Sir Anthony Clarke, the Master of the Rolls, has been appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court with effect from 1 October 2009 upon the retirement of the Right Honourable The Lord Scott of Foscote who retires on 30 September 2009. He will be the first Justice to be appointed directly to the Supreme Court.
Sir Anthony Peter Clarke, 65, was called to the Bar in 1965 and took Silk in 1979. He was appointed a Recorder in 1985 and was made a Bencher in 1987. In 1993 he was appointed to the High Court, and then to the Court of Appeal in 1998. He was appointed as Master of the Rolls in 2005 and he has been Head of Civil Justice ever since.
The UK Supreme Court will be launched on 1 October 2009. On that date The Right Honourable Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers will become the President of the Supreme Court and the Law Lords will become Justices of the Supreme Court.