Alan Ward (judge)

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Sir Alan Hylton Ward (born 15 February 1938) is a former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Early life and education[edit]

Ward was born and raised in South Africa and practised as an Attorney of the Supreme Court (solicitor), occasionally being instructed by Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. In 1961, he moved to England to take a second degree, reading law at Cambridge.

Legal career[edit]

He was called to the bar (Gray's Inn) in 1964, becoming a bencher in 1988, and was made a Queen's Counsel in 1984. Ward was appointed a High Court judge on 5 October 1988.[1] He was assigned to the Family Division and given the customary knighthood. On 13 February 1995, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.[2] He reached mandatory retirement on 15 February 2013.

Notable rulings[edit]

Separating conjoined twins[edit]

In 2000, Ward, together with Lord Justice Brooke and Lord Justice Walker (now Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe) made the decision to separate conjoined twins Gracie and Rosie Attard, refusing their parents' appeal, despite the fact the weaker twin (Rosie) would certainly die. After the surgery, Rosie died and Gracie Attard survived and returned to her native Malta.

Sex discrimination[edit]

In a landmark ruling on 21 December 2004, Ward, together with Lord Justice Baker and Lady Justice Arden—on the basis of EU Council Directive 79/7/EEC[3]—also ruled against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the ground of sex discrimination for withholding from a separated father with shared care of his child receipt of the appropriate Job Seeker's Allowance child additions (JSA) because he was not in receipt of Child Benefit for his child.[4]

Family life[edit]

He is married to leading London divorce solicitor, Helen Ward. The couple has homes in Little Venice and Suffolk [5] They had twin daughters: Amelia (who died in 2001 aged 16 in a rock-fall accident in South Africa)[6] and Kate.


  1. ^ "No. 51494". The London Gazette. 10 October 1988. p. 11333.
  2. ^ "No. 53959". The London Gazette. 17 October 1995. p. 2315.
  3. ^ "Council Directive 79/7/EEC of 19 December 1978 on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security". EUR-Lex. 19 December 1978. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  4. ^ Hockenjos v Secretary of State for Social Security [2004] EWCA Civ 1749, [2005] IRLR 471, [2005] 1 FCR 286, [2005] Eu LR 385, [2005] 1 FLR 1009, [2005] Fam Law 464 (21 December 2004), Court of Appeal
  5. ^ Wills, Kate. "The ex factor: meet London's A-list female divorce lawyers". Evening Standard.
  6. ^ "Judge's daughter 'led life to the full'". BBC News. 10 June 2008.

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