James Atkin, Baron Atkin

James Richard Atkin, Baron Atkin, PC, FBA (28 November 1867 – 25 June 1944), commonly known as Dick Atkin, was an Australian-born British judge, who served as a lord of appeal in ordinary from 1928 until his death in 1944. He is especially remembered as the judge giving the leading judgement in the case of Donoghue v Stevenson in 1932, in which he established the modern law of negligence in the UK, and indirectly in most of the common law world.


The Lord Atkin

Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
In office
6 February 1928  25 June 1944
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
7 March 1919  6 February 1928
Preceded bySir William Pickford
Succeeded bySir John Sankey
Justice of the High Court
In office
30 May 1913  7 March 1919
Preceded byNone
Succeeded bySir Frederick Greer
Personal details
Born
James Richard Atkin

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford