The Baron Brightman, the former Lord of Appeal in Ordinary who died 6 February, 2006, aged 94, was at one time Margaret Thatcher's pupil master and later one of the most eminent Chancery judges.
Lord Brightman, a life baron since 1982, was a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 1982-86.
John Anson Brightman was born 20 June, 1911, the son of William Henry Brightman, of St Albans, and was educated at Marlborough and St John's College, Cambridge (Hon Fellow, 1982).
Career:--> Called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1932, Bencher, 1966; QC 1961; Able Seaman, Merchant Navy 1939-40; Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR 1940-46; anti-submarine warfare base, Tobermory, North Atlantic and Mediterranean Convoys; on staff of SEAC; RNSC 1944; Attorney-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1969-70; Judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, 1970-79; knighted 1970; sworn of the Privy Council, 1979; a Lord Justice of Appeal, 1979-82; a Judge of the National Industrial Relations Court, 1971-74; Chairman of the House of Lords House of Commons Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, 1983-86; Chairman House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, 1983-84; Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Abortion Law, 1987-88; on City of Bristol Development, 1988; on Spitalfields Market, 1989; on British Waterways, 1991; on Property Law, 1994; on Private International Law, 1994-95; on Family Home and Domestic Violence, 1995; &c.
He was raised to the peerage as Baron Brightman, of Ibthorpe in the County of Hampshire, 1982.
He married in 1945, Roxane, daughter of Gerasimo Ambatielo, of Cephalonia, by whom he had one son, Christopher.
Source: Daily Telegraph 8 Feb, 2006