Date of release: Friday, July 22, 2016

Hon Mr Justice CranstonThe Hon Mr Justice Cranston, a High Court judge and former MP, is to receive an honorary award from the University of Greenwich today (Friday 22 July).

He will receive the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws (HonLLD), in recognition of his outstanding career in public service. The award is taking place during a graduation ceremony at the Greenwich Campus.

Sir Ross Cranston was called to the Bar, Gray's Inn, in 1976. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1998, and was appointed as a High Court Judge in 2007. He has held prestigious academic posts in the UK and Australia and has written numerous books and articles on law and the principles of banking law. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Elected as a Labour MP for Dudley North at the 1997 general election, he went on to serve as Solicitor General for England and Wales between 1998 and 2001. He stood down from Parliament in 2005.

His external activities have been varied: he served as a long-time member of the legal advisory panel of the National Consumer Council in Britain, and was chair of trustees of the whistleblowers' charity, Public Concern at Work. He was President of International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, and is a trustee of BUILD-IT, which promotes sustainable building.

Sir Ross Cranston lives locally in Greenwich and is a member of the advisory forum for the university's renowned School of Law, within its Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities.

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Picture: The Hon Mr Justice Cranston.