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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 11:47:35 +1100

From: Neil Foster

Subject: Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury


Dear Jason;

While waiting for any comment from the UK, I can say that I am not surprised to hear of this. I also teach Property here, and the judgement of Neuberger J (as His Lordship then was) in JA Pye (Oxford) Ltd v Graham (2000) 144 SJLB 107, [2000] Ch 676 is an excellent analysis of (and critique of) the law of adverse possession which I have often given to students. The first instance judgement was reversed by the Court of Appeal but later restored by the House of Lords - J A Pye (Oxford) Ltd v Graham [2002] UKHL 30, 3 All ER 865. (And some of his Lordship's policy concerns about the law of adverse possession conflicting with human rights issues were then taken up in the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, J A Pye (Oxford) Ltd v UK (App No 44302/02; 15 Nov 2005); [2005] 3 EGLR 1.


Neil Foster

Neil Foster
School of Law
Faculty of Business & Law
University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308
ph 02 4921 7430
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>>> Jason Neyers 18/02/07 8:40 >>>

I just noticed that there was a recent appointment to the HL on 11 Jan 2007: Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. One newspaper article stated that: "It is thought that Neuberger's rise is one of the quickest in the judicial" history. It also stated that he is an expert in property and trust law.

Any thoughts from our UK colleagues of the appointment? Why the sudden rise? What is his general reputation?


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