He retired from the Court of Appeal in March 2011 (acknowledged in a valedictory address before a court-room packed with well-wishers) to take up his current position as the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in intellectual property at University College London
He read Natural Sciences (physics) at Trinity College Cambridge (1960-1963) and law at the LSE (1963-1967). He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1965 (Treasurer 2007). He was appointed a High Court Judge in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal in 2003.
He was admitted to the IP Hall of Fame in 2006.