Terence Etherton

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Sir Terence Etherton
Sir Terence Etherton (born 1951) is a judge.

Early life

Etherton attended St Paul's School and then studied history and law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was in the British Sabre team from 1977 to 1980 and qualified for the Moscow Olympics.

Legal career

Etherton was called to the bar in 1974 and became a QC in 1990. He was appointed a High Court judge in 2001[1] and assigned to the Chancery Division, receiving the customary knighthood. In August 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Law Commission,[2] the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where needed.

In 2008 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal,[3] and received the customary appointment to the Privy Council. In 2013 he was appointed Chancellor of the High Court.[4]

Personal life

Etherton is openly gay, and celebrated his civil partnership in 2006.[5] On his appointment as Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008, he said, "My appointment also shows that diversity in sexuality is not a bar to preferment up to the highest levels of the judiciary".[6]

Sir Terence was ranked number 25 in the Pink List 2010, 26 in the Pink List 2011, and 30 in the Pink List 2012.


  1. London Gazette issue 56092 Page 535,16 January 2001
  2. http://www.legalday.com/commentaries/dca/chair_law_commission.html "Terence Etherton to Chair Law Commission" legalday.com 25 July 2006
  3. London Gazette issue 58845 page 15299 7 October 2008
  4. http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/media-releases/2012/number-10-press-release-chancellor-high-crt-20122012 "Appointment of Chancellor of High Court" Judicial Office 20 December 2012
  5. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article3758071.ece "Sir Terence Etherton, Chairman of the Law Commission" The Times 21 April 2008}
  6. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2008/09/22/out-gay-man-becomes-lord-justice-of-appeal/ "Out gay man becomes Lord of Appeal" Pink News 22 September 2008