Jeremy Sullivan

Jeremy Sullivan
The Right Honourable
Lord Justice Sullivan
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Lord Justice of Appeal
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High Court Judge
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Born 17 September 1945 (1945-09-17) (age 66)
Alma mater King's College London

Sir Jeremy Mirth Sullivan PC (born 17 September 1945) has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2009.

He was educated at Framlingham College and King's College London (LLB, LLM) and was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1968 where he became a bencher in 1993.

By 1976 Sullivan was Counsel for the Department of Environment's M25 motorway public inquiry[1] Other clients he represented included the London Borough Councils of Hammersmith [2] and Haringey [3] as well as the Attorney General;[4] while he has worked closely with Harry Woolf in matters of Planning Law.[5] By 1979 his Court of Appeal work included advocating the legalizing of uncompleted development work.[6]

Sullivan was made a QC in 1982, recorder from 1989-97, deputy judge of the High Court from 1993-97, and judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) 1997-2009. Between 1994 and 1997 he served as attorney-general to the Prince of Wales.[7]

As a judge, Sullivan presided over the 2006 Afghan hijackers case, ruling that it was unlawful under the 1971 Immigration Act to restrict the Highjackers' leave to remain in the United Kingdom, and ordered that they be granted "discretionary leave to remain", which entitled them to work in the United Kingdom.[8][9]

His rulings include the February 2007 judgment that the government's 2006 Energy Review had been "misleading" and "unlawful" in its handling of the UK nuclear energy debate.[10]


  1. ^ The Times, 4 June 1976; Motorway inquiry objectors ejected.
  2. ^ The Times, 1 June 1977, Court of Appeal: Night work must cease to stop noise under new Act
  3. ^ The Times, 13 October 1977; New Archway traffic forecast requested
  4. ^ The Times, 14 March 1978; Chancery Division:Attorney General ex relator Rivers-Moore and Others v Portsmouth City Council
  5. ^ The Times, 1 June 1978 Court of Appeal Planning authority not estopped by its officers' statements
  6. ^ The Times, 21 December 1979 Ashby and Another v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another
  7. ^ Tough judge who forced new review The Daily Mirror 16 February 2007
  8. ^ Timeline of Afghan hijacker case, BBC News, 2 August 2006
  9. ^ S & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] EWHC 1111 (Admin), 10th May 2006
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