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Former Bar chair appointed High Court judge

6 October 2009

Geoffrey Vos QC, chairman of the Bar Council in 2007, has been appointed a judge at the High Court.

He has been assigned to the Chancery Division and will start on 27 October.

Vos was called to the Bar in 1977 and took silk in 1993. He was head of chambers at 3 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn, between 1998 and May 2009.

In July he convinced the Court of Appeal that a dispute over share in a Russian company opposing Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and his former business partner Michael Cherney, should be heard in England.

Among other cases, he represented Apple Corps, The Beatles’ company, in its dispute with Apple Computer over the use of ‘Apple’ trademarks on its iTunes online music store. The case settled in February 2007.

More recently, he acted for Nationwide in the test case on bank overdraft charges.

In a separate development, the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been made a life peer in the House of Lords. He will join the Lords as a cross bencher and will be known as Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the City of London. His formal introduction will take place on 27 October.

The former House of Commons speaker, Michael Martin, has also been made a life peer. Baron Martin of Springburn will sit as a crossbencher. He will be introduced on 13 October.

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