‘Qatar has used its great wealth to buy in a system of justice of which I am proud — an oasis of common law in a desert of sharia. But that’s only for foreign businesses. The locals have to make do with royal decrees’

‘There is a compelling case for reform of the legal costs system. The first thing must be to abolish conditional fees’

‘If the Tories make the Human Rights Convention harder to enforce in British courts, they would undermine Lord Hoffmann’s best point: that our courts are just as able to interpret the convention as European judges’

‘Ten years ago, I was in favour of an international criminal court. I was naive’