Tom Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill

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The Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill.jpg
Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
6 June 2000 30 September 2008
Preceded by The Lord Browne-Wilkinson
Succeeded by The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
High Court
Court of Appeal
Court of Appeal (as the Master of the Rolls)
House of Lords



In 2010, shortly before Bingham died, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law established The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, a body solely dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the rule of law worldwide.

In an interview on 7 February 2014, Nick Phillips, successor to Bingham as Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, remarked that "…Tom Bingham was the most wonderful man, he was head and shoulders above everybody else in the Law in my view…yes just outstanding…his clarity of thought, his academic knowledge. I think almost everyone would say that he was, you know, the great lawyer of his generation." [31]


Coat of arms of Tom Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill
2006 (granted by the College of Arms)
That of a Baron
A Griffin sejant erect Vert beaked and holding with both forefeet a Key wards upwards and outwards Or
Per pale Or and Vert per chevron three Ears of Corn slipped and left all Counterchanged
On either side a Running Duck that on the dexter Vert beaked and legged Or and that on the sinister Or beaked and legged Vert
Garter circlet: Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame be to him who thinks evil of it)
A Running Duck Vert beaked and legged and grasping in the dexter foot a Key wards upwards and outwards Or
Bingham's arms pun the word "Cornhill", the per chevron formation suggesting a hill; the griffin alludes to Gray's Inn and is depicted holding a key as a play on his wife's maiden name of Loxley; the Bingham family keenly breed running ducks.

See also


  1. "Lord Bingham Obituary 2010". 12 September 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. Mads Andenas and Duncan Fairgrieve, Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law (2009) p 209.
  3. Mads Andenas and Duncan Fairgrieve, Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law (2009) xlvii.
  4. "The Bingham Room". Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  5. "Census of Ireland, 1911". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. "Lord Bingham of Cornhill obituary | Law | the Guardian". . Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. "William Westerman Pathfinders awards to North America". Balliol College, University of Oxford . Archived from the original on 3 January 2023. Retrieved 28 March 2023. The original Pathfinders programme at Balliol was started in 1955 by Bill Coolidge (Balliol 1924).
  8. Andenas, Mads; Fairgrieve, Duncan, eds. (2009). "A Biographical Sketch: The Early Years". Tom Bingham and the transformation of the law : a liber amicorum. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN   9780199566181 . Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  9. "Gray's Inn Banqueting | The Bingham Room". 11 September 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  10. "Eldon Scholarship Award Holders since 1919 | Oxford Law Faculty". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  11. Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn . London, UK: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 376 (BINGHAM OF CORNHILL, LP). ISBN   0-9711966-2-1.
  14. "Mr Justice | 1843". 11 July 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  15. Profile: Dr Jesse Norman MP,; accessed 28 March 2016.
  16. Childs, Martin. "Lord Bingham of Cornhill: Lawyer who fought for judicial independence and was widely recognised as the greatest judge of his time | Obituaries | News" . The Independent . Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  18. Sands, Philippe (11 September 2010). "Lord Bingham of Cornhill obituary". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  19. "No. 54419". The London Gazette . 7 June 1996. p. 7803.
  20. Gibb, Frances (20 November 2007). "Human rights in the bus queue". The Times. London, UK. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  21. "Patrick Reyes v. The Queen" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  22. "No. 57622". The London Gazette . 25 April 2005. p. 5363.
  23. "Welcome to the Centre for Public Law | Centre for Public Law". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  24. "'The Rule of Law' - Centre for Public Law". Archived from the original on 8 January 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2006.
  25. Reprieve (organisation) website,, November 2008; accessed 29 March 2016.
  26. Jan Grodecki Lecture by Lord Bingham,, 23 September 2009; accessed 29 March 2016.
  27. Verkaik, Robert; Editor, Legal (6 July 2009). "Top judge: 'use of drones intolerable'" . The Independent. London, UK. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 25 May 2010.{{cite news}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  28. Wardrop, Murray (6 July 2009). "Unmanned drones could be banned, says senior judge". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  29. Constitution Society website,; accessed 28 March 2016.
  30. Flood, Alison (17 May 2011). "Orwell Prize goes to Tom Bingham". The Guardian Blogs. London, UK. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  31. "An Interview with Lord (Nicholas) Phillips – 2014". (at 1:30:59) YouTube. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.

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