Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen

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The Lord Neill of Bladen

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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
In office
ChancellorThe Earl of Stockton
The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
Preceded bySir Geoffrey Warnock
Succeeded bySir Richard Southwood
Warden of All Souls College, Oxford
In office
Preceded byJohn Hanbury Angus Sparrow
Succeeded byJohn Davis
Member of the House of Lords
In office
20th December 1983 – 18th May 2016
Personal details
Francis Patrick Neill

(1926-08-08)8 August 1926
Died28 May 2016(2016-05-28) (aged 89)
Political partyCrossbencher
Spouse(s)Caroline Susan Debenham
EducationHighgate School
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

Francis Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen QC (8 August 1926 – 28 May 2016) was a British barrister and cross bench member of the House of Lords.

Early life and education[edit]

A son of Sir Thomas Neill, Patrick Neill was educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Legal career[edit]

He became a barrister in 1951 and took silk in 1966. After heading One Hare Court, he became head of chambers of Serle Court, in Lincoln's Inn when the two merged in 1999.[1] Lord Neill left Serle Court in 2008 to join his elder brother Sir Brian Neill, a former Court of Appeal judge, at 20 Essex Street.[2]

University of Oxford[edit]

He was Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1977 until 1995, and an Honorary Fellow since 1995. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1985 till 1989,[3] and played a major part in the University's decision to undertake The Campaign for Oxford. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2003 University of Oxford Chancellor election.

Family life[edit]

In 1954 he married Caroline Susan Debenham, daughter of Sir Piers Kenrick Debenham.[4] They had six children:

He died in May 2016 at the age of 89.[6]


Having been knighted in 1983,[7] Neill was made a Life Peer as Baron Neill of Bladen, of Briantspuddle in the County of Dorset, on 28 November 1997.[8] He sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher until 18 May 2016, at which point he ceased to be a member pursuant to section 2 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, having failed to attend during the whole of the 2015–16 session without being on leave of absence.[9]


  1. ^ "One Hare Court and Serle Court merge". The Lawyer. 1999.
  2. ^ "New Head of Chambers". Serle Court. 2007. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  4. ^ The Times, 26 April 1954, page 8.
  5. ^ The Times, 16 July 1996, page 18.
  6. ^ "Lord Neill of Bladen". Daily Telegraph. 2016.
  7. ^ "No. 49575". The London Gazette. 20 December 1983. p. 16802.
  8. ^ "No. 54967". The London Gazette. 3 December 1997. p. 13561.
  9. ^ "Four absent peers cease to be House of Lords members". BBC News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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Hartley Shawcross
Chairman of the Press Council
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Zelman Cowen
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Hanbury Angus Sparrow
Warden of All Souls College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Davis
Preceded by
Geoffrey Warnock
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Richard Southwood
Government offices
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The Lord Nolan
Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life
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Sir Nigel Wicks