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Senior members of judiciary advise on civil justice cooperation

17 January 2017

The EU Justice Sub-Committee takes evidence from the Rt Hon Sir Mathew Thorpe QC and the Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens QC


Tuesday 17 January in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • The Rt Hon Sir Mathew Thorpe QC, associate member of 1 Hare Court; and,
  • The Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens QC, who is a member of Brick Court Chambers.

Topics for discussion

This week, as part of its ongoing inquiry into civil justice cooperation and the Court of Justice of the EU, the EU Justice Sub-Committee is hearing from two former senior and eminent UK judges. Between 1988 and 2013, the Rt Hon Sir Mathew Thorpe QC spent many years as a judge in the Family Division and the Court of Appeal. Appearing alongside him is the Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens who was a judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts from 1999-2008, in charge of the Commercial Court from 2005-6, and a judge in the Court of Appeal from 2008-2015.

The Committee is hearing their evidence on the utility and significance of EU legislation designed to facilitate cross-border civil justice cooperation in the EU, particularly the so-called suite of Brussels Regulations, and on the ways in which similar cooperation might be pursued with the EU once the UK leaves.  

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