Sir Philip James Sales (born 11 February 1962), styled The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sales, is a British Lord Justice of Appeal. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Churchill College, Cambridge (BA, 1983), and Worcester College, Oxford (BCL, 1984) and was the highest-earning lawyer in the New Labour government.
Baron Thomas, who is the country's most senior judge, sparked a constitutional crisis this morning when he, alongside Sir Terence Etherton and Lord Justice Sales, ruled in the High Court the Government cannot trigger Article 50. The trio, who are all extremely experienced judges, ruled Theresa May must ask Parliament's permission before the UK can quit the Brussels club despite the result of June's referendum.
Sales used to be a practising barrister at law chambers 11KBW, of which former Prime Minister Tony Blair was a member in his capacity as junior Counsel.At the time of the appointment, there was uproar over Sales' appointment. According to The Guardian, a source close to the case referred to 11KBW as a "network of old boys and cronies", and that there was "no coincidence that the appointment came from Lord Irvine's and Tony Blair's old chambers".
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