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George Andrew Midsomer Leggatt, Lord Leggatt, (born 12 November 1957) is a
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, the highest court of law in the United Kingdom.


Education

Leggatt's father is the former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Andrew Leggatt. Leggatt was educated at
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Eton College
and earned a First-Class
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degree in Philosophy at
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King's College, Cambridge
in 1979. He was a
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at
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Harvard University
(1979–80) and received a Diploma in Law with distinction from
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in 1981.


Legal career

Leggatt was
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(
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Middle Temple
) in 1983 and was appointed a
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in 1997. He joined
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in 1985, where he practised commercial law, including areas such as banking, insurance, sales, and product liability law. He became a recorder in 2002 and was a deputy High Court judge. On 26 October 2012, he was appointed to the
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, receiving the customary
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in the 2013 Special Honours, and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in February 2018. In July 2019, it was announced Leggatt would become a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom after the retirement of Lord Carnwath. He was sworn in on 21 April 2020, in a specially adapted ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lord Leggatt recited the judicial oath in the presence of Lord Reed, the President of the Supreme Court, whilst the other Justices watched remotely. In 2016 Leggatt was elected a Fellow of
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Eton College
.Eton College web-site
''Governing Body''
(accessed on 11 June 2019)


Cases

* , finding a duty of good faith can be implied in English contract law * , finding that a duty of good faith can be generally implied in law in 'Relational contract, relational' contracts * , finding the United Kingdom in breach of its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, (specifically Article 5). The UK lacks detention authority under international humanitarian law to capture and detain individuals for longer than 96 hours in the course of the non-international armed conflict in Afghanistan.


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