Sir Thomas Legg
Born in London in 1935, Tom Legg went to school at Horace Mann in New York and Frensham Heights in England. After National Service in the Royal Marines, he read history and law at St John’s College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1960, he joined the Lord Chancellor’s Department (now the Department of Constitutional Affairs) in 1962.
His work there included law reform, the administration of the courts, European and international legal issues, and the appointment of judges. In 1989, Sir Thomas became the head of his Department, serving as the Lord Chancellor’s Permanent Secretary and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery until 1998. The Department he had first joined consisted of 12 lawyers, all working in the House of Lords. By the time he retired, it had grown to be responsible for over 20,000 staff, more than 500 buildings and a budget of over £2 billion.
Since his retirement from the Civil Service, Sir Thomas’s work has included chairmanship of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, and membership of the Audit Commission and the House of Commons Audit Committee. He is also a consultant to the law firm Clifford Chance and, since 2004, has been the chairman of the London Library. And, far from least in his own view, after being on the Brunel Council since 1993, he served as the University’s Visitor from 2001 until the beginning of this year.
A Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple since 1984, he was made an honorary Queen’s Counsel in 1990.