In the Media

Falconer angers top judges

PUBLISHED January 12, 2005

The lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to appoint a close friend and his former pupilmaster - responsible for trainee barristers - to one of the top four jobs in the judicial hierarchy, against the wishes of the four top judges.

The appointment of Sir Mark Potter to replace Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss as president of the high court's family division, will be announced by the government today.