Lady Wilson (Margaret Wilson)
WIFE of the most corrupt judge of the 21st Century: Lord Wilson (Supreme Court Judge) and one who first entered the judicial position after being absent from the field of law for a decade.
‘I am a proactive mediator with a very high record of success’. (Lady Wilson after retiring as a Judge in 2015)
LinkedIn: Lady Wilson
LinkedIn profile description:
“I am a highly experienced mediator in the field of residential property. I read law at Oxford University and practised as a barrister for many years before taking time out to bring up my children. For twenty years I have been a chairman of the London leasehold valuation tribunal, and latterly a Judge of its successor, the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), until my retirement in April 2015. In 2007 I trained as a mediator and since then I have carried out a large number of mediations for the Tribunal in Greater London and in the Birmingham area, specialising in service charge and similar disputes. I am a proactive mediator with a very high record of success. I have very extensive experience in relation to service charges, administration charges, lease variation and leasehold enfranchisement, and from June 2015 I will be an associate member of Tanfield Chambers, Warwick Court, Gray’s Inn, from where I will practise as a mediator, specialising in all types of residential leasehold disputes. I am a member of the Civil Mediation Council. Margaret Wilson (Lady Wilson)“
Daughter of Reginald Francis Higgins. Click here.
Margaret Higgins later Lady Wilson:
- called to the Bar in July 1966 by Middle Temple;
- admitted to Inner Temple in 1968 entitled to practice as a Barrister-at-Law;
- worked at 3 Hare Court, London from 1967 to 1986;
- ceased practice from 1987 onwards (same time as her Husband, Lord Wilson, was made a Recorder in the Crown Court);
- currently on records as an unregistered Barrister (does not hold a Practising Certificate);
- from 1974, her married name became Wilson; subsequently became Lady Wilson and Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) until she retired in April 2015;
- 2007 trained as a mediator and worked as a mediator;
- 20 years “chairman of the London leasehold valuation tribunal, and latterly a Judge of its successor, the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)” (Husband, Lord Wilson, already a Judge in High Court and Court of Appeal, the latter position of the husband helping Lady Wilson dispose of the appeals against her ruling in the Court of Appeal);
- retired in April 2015;
- became a mediator at Tanfield Chambers:
Lady Wilson read law at Oxford University (MA 1966). She practised as a barrister in the field of general common law and family law for many years before taking time out to bring up her family. For twenty years she has been a chairman of the London leasehold valuation tribunal, and latterly a Judge of its successor, the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) until she retired in April 2015. In 2007 she trained as a mediator and since then she has carried out a large number of mediations for the tribunal in Greater London and in the Birmingham area, specialising in service charge and similar disputes. She is a proactive mediator with a very high record of success.
Questions on a controversial statement: How could Lady Wilson be a mediator and working as a mediator since 2007 and at the same time be a Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chambers)? This is unlawful under the Minister of Justice rules and regulations for the employment of judges in Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals.
- Matthew Roderick Benjamin Wilson, born 1977 (attended at Eton College and known to have been once editor of the Eton Chronicle; his father (Lord Wilson) in his own words relates to using his former client to do a favour for him to interview Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (former client) “my son Matthew was once editor of the Eton Chronicle, and I said I have a real favour of you Bill, would you be prepared for my son to interview you on behalf of the Eton Chronicle – he said yes, come down next week. So Matthew went down and came back that evening – I asked him how it went and he said fine – I said “let’s hear it, come on” – and none of it had taken! And so I rang up Bill Wyman who said don’t worry, let him come down again tomorrow and we’ll do it all over again – wasn’t that wonderful? – Newsletter, Summer 2011 – Family Law Bar Association”; and
- Camilla Jessica Wilson, born 1981
Interview on Law & Lease:
Questions on a controversial interview: Lady Wilson (Margaret) left practice in 1987. When making the calculations her children were 10 and 6 years old, respectively, at the time she left the legal profession. Claims “horrendous nanny problems” which made her leave the barrister profession. Did not return to the barrister profession but instead obtained a part-time judicial job after 10 years absence from the field of law, around 1997. Her Husband, Lord Wilson, was already a Knight Bachelor and a Judge in the High Court of Justice (Family Division) from 1993-2005 following his judicial position in the criminal court that of a Recorder in the Crown Court (Western Circuit). He was appointed a family Judge with no prior family law experience.
Lady Wilson’s appointment as a Judge at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) was nothing less than nepotism at its best. In Lord Wilson’s words: “shockingly nepotistic”.
“I became a barrister because when I was at school and had to decide what to read at university the Bar sounded like an exciting and glamorous job. There was no such thing as “work experience” in those days so I hadn’t a clue about how difficult it was for a woman to get into chambers then (much better now), and of course it never occurred to me to worry about combining the Bar with having children. And once I had got a practice together I found I had to stop at a critical time, when I was thinking about taking silk, because of horrendous nanny problems. Then, after a gap which was intended to last two years, but turned into a decade, it made sense to get a part-time judicial job rather than return to the Bar, and the first one to come up was what has now become the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), where I was a judge for twenty years. Now I have retired I have been lucky enough to be invited to join Tanfield Chambers as a mediator of service charge disputes.
The best thing about being a mediator is the fantastic sense of satisfaction one derives from helping to bring about a settlement in the afternoon of a dispute which seemed utterly intractable in the morning.
If there was one thing I could change about the legal profession it would be that so many students are tempted to do the professional training courses for both branches of the profession at great expense, only to find that when they finish there is no room for them.
The highlight of my career was to appear in the great case of Wachtel, well known to all family lawyers, and afterwards to receive a letter from Ormrod J congratulating me on my performance in it.
The longest day of my career was in my early days at the Bar when I was instructed to appear at a planning inquiry (never done one before or, understandably, since) in Norwich which I thought would begin at 10.30 but in fact was supposed to begin at 10.00. I turned up at 10.15 to face a room full of rather angry people. It went downhill from then on.
I know I will have reached the peak of my career as a mediator when I have too many cases to handle.
If I had not been a barrister I have to admit, boringly, that I expect I would have been a solicitor. I should have loved to be a doctor but I think chemistry A level would have been a hurdle too far.
Personally I would prefer to live in a property managed by a property manager appointed by an investor freeholder than by an RTM company or a freeholder appointed after a collective enfranchisement because I would prefer to have someone I could usefully blame if the property was mismanaged. So many residential leasehold disputes involve tenants pointlessly chasing their own tails because if they succeed in showing that service charges were not reasonably incurred they bear the loss anyway.
Should property managers self-regulate or be subject to statutory regulation? I would prefer strict self-regulation by a professional body, akin to, but independent of, the RICS. Statutory regulation is almost bound to miss the point in some crucial way.
The biggest challenge currently facing property managers is the difficulty of persuading tenants to pay an adequate fee for management, particularly in small blocks where the recoverable charges for management may make the venture uneconomic for the manager.
I’m not sure that that challenge can be overcome except by constantly reminding tenants that if they pay peanuts they may get monkeys and will be worse off in the long run.
My favourite books of the moment are any novels by Anne Tyler or Alison Lurie, but perhaps the most gripping book I’ve read in the last year or so is An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, a marvellous account of the Dreyfus Affair, told as a novel.
My favourite film was Boyhood, or maybe The Squid and the Whale (or anything else directed by Noah Baumbach).
My favourite building is the Martello Tower in Aldeburgh, which is owned by the Landmark Trust. We stayed there as a family. It is lashed by the sea and there is a drawbridge.
If you come to London you should visit Dulwich Picture Gallery. It’s human in scale and you can look at the pictures in peace. And it’s easier to get to than you think.”
Return to her Husband’s profile, Lord Wilson.