Martin Moore-Bick

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Person.png Sir Martin Moore-Bick  Rdf-icon.png
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Born Martin James Moore-Bick
6 December 1946
Alma mater Christ's College (Cambridge)
Relatives John Moore-Bick

Employment.png Deputy Head of Civil Justice

In office
1 January 2007 - 31 December 2012

Employment.png Lord Justice of Appeal Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 April 2005 - 7 December 2016

Sir Martin Moore-Bick (born 6 December 1946)[1], a retired judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, is a member of the Privy Council. On 29 June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed him to lead a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.[2]

Lessons not learned

Upon the announcement of Sir Martin's appointment to lead the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, barrister Michael Mansfield QC, who has met survivors of the fire, said it was "unbelievable that lessons are not learned" from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is now on its fourth chairman. He said that inquiry "did not consult with the families and the survivors" and "the same thing seems to have happened all over again".

In November 2014, Sir Martin Moore-Bick oversaw a case in which he ruled a London tenant could be rehoused 50 miles away. His decision that Westminster City Council could rehouse single mother-of-five Titina Nzolameso in Bletchley near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was overturned by the Supreme Court in April 2015.

Sir Martin said it was not necessary for the council to explain what accommodation was available. Ms Nzolameso said moving so far would deprive her of the network of friends who supported her when she was unwell, while her solicitor said his decision "gives the green light for social cleansing".[3]

Judicial career

Born in Wales, Moore-Bick was educated at The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells and at Christ's College, Cambridge.[4] He was called to the Bar in 1969 (Inner Temple) and was elected a bencher in 1992. His practice was in commercial law and, in particular, shipping law. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1986 and was appointed a Recorder in 1990. He was appointed to the High Court on 2 October 1995, receiving the customary knighthood. He was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, serving in the Commercial Court. On 7 April 2005, Moore-Bick became a Lord Justice of Appeal, and he was appointed to the Privy Council on 7 June of that year.

Moore-Bick served as Deputy Head of Civil Justice from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2012.[5] Lord Justice Richards took over this role from 1 January 2013 for an initial three-year period.[6] From 1 October 2014 until his retirement, Moore-Bick was Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal.[7] He took over the role from Sir Maurice Kay.

He retired from judicial office on 6 December 2016, and was replaced as Vice-President of the Civil Division by Dame Elizabeth Gloster.[8]

Personal life

Sir Martin Moore-Bick is married with four children. His younger brother, John Moore-Bick, is a retired general in the British Army.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Here’s why the Grenfell inquiry will be a stitch-upArticle5 July 2017George MonbiotOn 14 June 2017, while the Grenfell Tower was smouldering, a meeting of the Red Tape Initiative panel decided that "on this occasion" they would not recommend the removal of the EU Construction Products Regulation, which seeks to protect people from fire, and restricts the kind of cladding that can be used.


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