Lord Hughes is presently a judicial commissioner under the Investigatory Powers Act and an occasional ad hoc tribunal, and he remains one of the co-ordinators of the judiciary/science co-operation project operated via the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh.
He was called in 1970 and practised both as a junior and in silk primarily from chambers in Birmingham, covering most areas of the law, and latterly principally crime. He was a recorder and section 9 judge, then went to the Family Division in 1997, to the QB in 2003, to the Court of Appeal in 2006 and to the Supreme Court 2013-18. Along the way he was a presiding judge for the Midland Circuit (1999-2003) and Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (2009-13). He was Treasurer of Inner Temple in 2019.
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