Presidents

The annual Holdsworth Presidential Address is always a highlight of the academic year,  and has been delivered every year since 1928.

The list of past Holdsworth Club Presidents reads like a Who’s Who of the most prominent lawyers of the past 80 years. Early Presidents included Lord Atkin and Lord Macmillan, as well as Sir Frederick Pollock and Roscoe Pound. Lord Denning served as President on three separate occasions between 1949 and 1978. In recent years, the office has been held by Judge Rosalyn Higgins, Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Otton (the first of our alumni to occupy the office), Lord Steyn, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Sir Michael Davies (another alumnus) , Lord Justice Carnwath, Lord Justice Sedley, Lord Mance, Sir Francis Jacobs, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe and Lord Hope of Craighead KT.

The President for the 2016-2017 academic year is Lady Justice Elizabeth Gloster

1928–29 LADY BARBER, LLM
1929–30 RT HON LORD ATKIN, LLD, FBA
1930–31 RT HON LORD MACMILLAN, GC VO LLD
1931–32 RT HON SIR FREDERICK POLLOCK, Bt, KC, DCL, FBA
1932–33 RT HON LORD HANWORTH, KBE, LLD, Master of the Rolls
1933–34 RT HON LORD MERRIVALE
1934–35 RT HON LORD WRIGHT, GCMG, LLD, FBA
1935–36 RT HON VISCOUNT HAILSHAM, LLD, Lord Chancellor
1936–37 DEAN ROSCOE POUND, LLD
1937–38 RT HON LORD GREENE, DCL, Master of the Rolls
1938–39 RT HON VISCOUNT MAUGHAN, LLD, Lord Chancellor
1939–40 RT HON LORD PORTER, LLD
1940–41 RT HON LORD NORMAND, LLD, Lord President of the Court of Session
1941–42 RT HON LORD JUSTICE MACKINNON
1942–43 RT HON VISCOUNT SIMON, GCSI, GCVO, DCL, LLD, Lord Chancellor
1943–44 MOST HON THE MARQUESS OF LINLITHGOW, KG, KT, GSCSI, GCIE, DCL, LLD
1944–45 RT HON VISCOUNT BENNETT, KC, LLD
1945–46 RT HON LORD JUSTICE SOMERVELL, OBE
1946–47 RT HON LORD OAKSEY, DSO, DCL
1947–48 RT HON LORD DU PARCQ, LLD
1948–49 SIR ARNOLD McNAIR, CBE, KC, LLD, DCL, FBA,
Judge of the International Court of Justice
1949–50 RT HON LORD JUSTICE DENNING
1950–51 RT HON EARL JOWITT, DCI, LLD, Lord Chancellor
1951–52 PROFESSOR A L GOODHART, KBE, QC, DCL, LLD, FBA,
Master of University College, Oxford
1952–53 RT HON SIR RAYMOND EVERSHED, LLD, Master of the Rolls
1953–54 RT HON LORD JUSTICE BIRKETT, LLD
1954–55 RT HON LORD RADCLIFFE, GBE
1955–56 RT HON VISCOUNT KILMUIR, GCVO, DCL, LLD, Lord Chancellor
1956–57 RT HON LORD KEITH OF AVONHOLM, LLD
1957–58 RT HON LORD JUSTICE MORRIS, CBE, MC, LLD, DL
1958–59 SIR CARLETON KEMP-ALLEN, MC, QC, DCL, FBA, JP
1959–60 RT HON LORD COHEN
1960–61 RT HON LORD JUSTICE DEVLIN
1961–62 RT HON LORD HODSON, MC
1962–63 RT HON LORD MACDERMOTT, MC LLD, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
1963–64 RT HON SIR JOCELYN SIMON, D-en-Dr, President of the Probate,
Divorce and Admiralty Division
1964–65 RT HON LORD JUSTICE DIPLOCK
1965–66 RT HON LORD WILBERFORCE, CMG, OBE
1966–67 RT HON LORD DENNING, DCL, LLD, Master of the Rolls
1967–68 RT HON LORD GARDINER, Lord Chancellor
1968–69 RT HON LORD JUSTICE RUSSELL
1969–70 HON MR JUSTICE MEGARRY, LLD, FBA
1970–71 HON LORD CAMERON, DSC, LLD, Senator of the Court of Justice in Scotland, Lord of Session
1971–72 RT HON LORD HAILSHAM OF ST MARY MARYLEBONE, Lord Chancellor
1972–73 RT HON LORD CROSS OF CHELSEA
1973–74 RT HON LORD SALMON
1974–75 RT HON LORD KILBRANDON, LLD, DSC (SOC SCI)
1975–76 RT HON LORD JUSTICE JAMES
1976–77 RT HON LORD EDMUND-DAVIES, LLD
1977–78 RT HON LORD DENNING, DCL, LLD, Master of the Rolls
1978–79 RT HON LORD SCARMAN
1979–80 RT HON LORD JUSTICE ORMROD
1980–81 RT HON LORD ROSKILL
1981–82 RT HON LORD BRIDGE OF HARWICH
1982–83 PROFESSOR JC SMITH, CBE, QC, LLD, FBA
1983–84 RT HON LORD TEMPLEMAN
1984–85 RT HON SIR JOHN DONALDSON, Master of the Rolls
1985–86 THE HON LORD MACKENZIE STUART, President of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
1986–97 RT HON LORD GRIFFITHS
1987–88 RT HON LORD GOFF OF CHIEVELEY
1988–89 RT HON LORD OLIVER OF AYLMERTON
1989–90 RT HON SIR STEPHEN BROWN
1990–91 RT HON SIR NICOLAS BROWNE-WILKINSON
1991–92 RT HON LORD ACKNER
1992–93 RT HON LORD SLYNN OF HADLEY
1993–94 RT HON SIR THOMAS BINGHAM, Master of the Rolls
1994–95 RT HON SIR RICHARD SCOTT, Vice Chancellor
1995–96 RT HON LORD MUSTILL
1996–97 RT HON LORD WOOLF OF BARNES, Master of the Rolls
1997–98 RT HON LORD RODGER OF EARLSFERRY, Lord President
1998–99 HER EXCELLENCY JUDGE ROSALYN HIGGINS, Judge of the International Court of Justice
1999–2000 RT HON LADY JUSTICE ARDEN
2000–2001 RT HON LORD JUSTICE OTTON
2001–2002 RT HON LORD STEYN
2002–2003 RT HON LORD PHILLIPS OF WORTH MATRAVERS, Master of the Rolls
2003–2004 THE HON SIR MICHAEL DAVIES
2004–2005 RT HON LORD JUSTICE CARNWATH
2005–2006 RT HON LORD JUSTICE SEDLEY
2006–2007 RT HON LORD MANCE
2007–2008 ROFESSOR SIR FRANCIS JACOBS
2008–2009

2009-2010

2012-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

LORD WALKER OF GESTINGTHORPE

LORD HOPE OF CRAIGHEAD KT

SIR CHRISTOPHER JOHN GREENWOOD CMG QC

LORD NEUBERGER OF ABBOTSBURY, Master of the Rolls

RT HON LORD DYSON, Justice of the Supreme Court

LADY JUSTICE HALLETT

LORD ANTHONY HUGHES OF OMBERSLEY

SIR DAVID LLOYD JONES

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