Sir Hugh Imbert Periam Hallett

Source: p. 41-45, “A Short Book of Bad Judges” by Graeme Williams QC

Born in 1886.

Educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (President of the Union).

In 1911 called to the Bar by Inner Temple.

Served in WWI and awarded the Military Cross.

Recorder of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for one year (Practice on the North-Eastern Circuit).

In 1939 appointment to the High Court Bench (King’s Bench Division) and was knighted.


Lord Danning view of Sir Hallett:

Once upon a time there was a judge who talked too much. He asked too many questions. One after another in quick succession. Of witnesses in the box. Of counsel in their submissions. So much so that they counted up the number. His exceeded all the rest put together. Both counsel made it a ground of appeal. He was the Honourable Sir Hugh Imbert Periam Hallett whose initials gave him the nickname ‘Hippy’ Hallet. He had been a judge for 17 years. He earned a big reputation as a junior at the Bar; and in silk for his knowledge of the law. He used to appear in the Privy Council where Lord Maugham appreciated his talents and appointed him a judge in 1939. He started his judicial career quietly enough but – as often happens – as his experience grew so did his loquacity He got so interested in every case that he dived deep into every detail of it. He became a byword.   (p. 59, “Due Process of Law, by Lord Denning)


The Queen on remuneration for Sir Hallett, for life:

Crown Office, House of Lords, S.W.I.
4th October, 1957.
The QUEEN has been pleased, by Letters Patent
under the Great Seal bearing date the 4th day of
October, 1957, to grant to the Honourable Sir Hugh
Imbert Periam Hallett, Knight, M.C., lately one of
the Justices of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice,
an annuity of £2,625 for life, commencing on the 1st
day of October, 1957.