St John's College Oxford

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Lindblom (Sir Keith Lindblom) Q.C., P.C.

Alumnus and member of the Privy Council

Biography

Keith Lindblom read Modern History at St John's, matriculating in 1975.

Keith enjoyed a very distinguished career at the English Bar, practising in a range of types of work (including criminal law as well as general civil law), but he soon began to specialise in planning law. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and become Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2001 and a deputy High Court Judge in 2009 and, in 2013, President of the Upper Lands Chamber (a tribunal which decides disputes concerning land, including the purchase of land affected by the proposals of a public authority or compensation for land compulsorily purchased). Keith was appointed to be a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in November 2015 and to the Privy Council in April 2016.

The Court of Appeal is the second-most senior court in England and Wales, and consists of some 38 judges (the most senior court in the UK is the Supreme Court with 11 justices). The Court of Appeal hears appeals on all types of case, criminal and civil, public and private. Unlike the Supreme Court, there is generally a right of appeal to the Court of Appeal and so the case-load for judges is very considerable.