We’ll miss you, Hoff
Ask a group of 20 English law students to vote on the most controversial judge in history and the winner, invariably and overwhelmingly, is Lord Denning. But ask those same students to name the most controversial living judge, and their answer is far from unanimous. My nomination would go to Lord Hoffmann, who retired earlier this year aged 74. Lord Hoffmann's rise to the House of Lords was meteoric. He was appointed as a law lord a mere ten years after he first sat as a judge in the High Court, some three years faster than Lord Denning. As a law lord, he became embroiled in controversy for his part in the extradition proceedings of General Pinochet.
He may not have been as controversial as Lord Denning, but Lord Hoffmann certainly didn’t shy away from controversy during his time in the House of Lords.
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