Jeremy Stuart-Smith

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Sir Jeremy Hugh Stuart-Smith (born 18 January 1955) is an English judge.

Origins and education[edit]

He is the son of Sir Murray Stuart-Smith (a former Lord Justice of Appeal) and Joan, the daughter of Major Thomas Motion. He was educated at Radley College and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Stuart-Smith was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed Queen's Counsel. He was appointed a High Court judge with effect from 2 October 2012, being assigned by the Lord Chief Justice to the Queen’s Bench Division.[2] He was consequentially knighted in the 2013 Special Honours.[3]

He is the co-author, with Professor Robert Merkin, of a textbook on the law of motor insurance.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Stuart-Smith married on 25 September 1982 Hon. Arabella Montgomery, the daughter of David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. They had five children:[5]

  • Emma Stuart-Smith (born 6 October 1984)
  • Laura Stuart-Smith (1986–1987)
  • Edward Murray Stuart-Smith (born 6 May 1988)
  • Samuel Nicholas Stuart-Smith (born 6 December 1990)
  • Luke David Stuart-Smith (born 19 January 1993)

He is a keen player of the French horn.[6]


  1. ^ "Jeremy Hugh Stuart-Smith QC". Corpus Christi College. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Appointment of a High Court Judge – Stuart-Smith" (Press release). Ministry of Justice. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  3. ^ "No. 60439". The London Gazette. 5 March 2013. p. 4263.
  4. ^ Merkin and Stuart-Smith, The Law of Motor Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell Ltd, 2004).
  5. ^ "Montgomery of Alamein", Burke’s Peerage.
  6. ^ "Tulkinghorn: Horns of Plenty". The Lawyer. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2012.