The Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough
|Lord of Appeal in Ordinary|
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
John Stewart Hobhouse
31 January 1932
|Died||15 March 2004|
|Alma mater||Christ Church,Oxford|
John Stewart Hobhouse,Baron Hobhouse of Woodborough,PC (31 January 1932 –15 March 2004) was a British judge and law lord.
Hobhouse was born in Mossley Hill,Liverpool,the son of the shipowner Sir John Richard Hobhouse,and grandson of Henry Hobhouse,the MP.He was educated at Eton College. After working abroad in Australia and New Zealand on a sheep farm,Hobhouse returned to Christ Church,Oxford in 1951,where he read Jurisprudence. He was called to the bar by Inner Temple in 1955,of which he later became a bencher.
Following a pupillage with Michael Kerr,Hobhouse became a tenant at 7 King's Bench Walk,the chambers of Henry Brandon,and joined the Northern Circuit. At the bar he specialised in admiralty law. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1973.
Hobhouse was made a High Court judge in 1982,receiving the customary knighthood,and was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. He was made a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1993,when he was also sworn of the Privy Council. On 1 October 1998 he was appointed as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary,becoming a life peer as Baron Hobhouse of Woodborough,of Woodborough in the County of Wiltshire.
Lord Hobhouse was married to Susannah Roskill,the daughter of Sir Ashton Roskill QC. They had two sons and one daughter.
His grandfather Henry was the nephew and ward of Arthur Hobhouse,1st Baron Hobhouse.
Notable judicial decisions in which Lord Hobhouse participated included:
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