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Lady Black retires from the Supreme Court

The Rt Hon Lady Black of Derwent retires as a Supreme Court Justice on 10 January 2021. The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Reed, has made a short video to pay tribute to her work and to say a fond farewell to her on behalf of everyone at the Supreme Court.

Lady Black was called to the Bar in 1976 at Inner Temple. For a period in the 1980s she taught law at Leeds Polytechnic. She later specialised in family law, became a Queen's Counsel in 1994 and was appointed a deputy High Court judge in 1996 and a Recorder in 1999.

She was appointed to the High Court in 1999, assigned to the Family Division, and served as Family Division Liaison Judge to the Northern Circuit from 2000 to 2004. On 15 June 2010, Black became a Lady Justice of Appeal, and was appointed to the Privy Council.

In 2004, she became Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board's Family Committee. She continued in that role until her appointment to the Judicial Appointments Commission as a judicial member in 2008.

Lady Black became the second female judge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, after Lady Hale, on 2 October 2017.

She was a founding contributor to the Family Court Practice and continues to serve as a consulting editor.

For Lord Reed's video in tribute to Lady Black, click here.