Following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission, 21 Deputy High Court judges were appointed in May 2017. The exercise was open to practitioners with or without previous judicial experience to apply to become a Deputy High Court judge for England and Wales.
Darryl Allen QC
Darryl Allen is a barrister, and a Recorder and tribunal judge. He grew up in Warrington and was the first in his family to go to university, studying law at Leeds University. He was called to the Bar in 1995 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2014. Darryl specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, often appearing on behalf of claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. Darryl sits as a Recorder and a First-tier Tribunal judge (Criminal Injuries Compensation). He is Vice-chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association.
Kelyn Bacon QC
Kelyn Bacon is a barrister. Born in Mumbai, she spent her childhood in Taunton and Frome where she attended local state schools before studying at Oxford University, Konstanz University and the European University Institute in Florence. Kelyn trained as a barrister, doing her pupillage at Brick Court Chambers, where she continues to practise. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2014 and specialises in EU and competition law, with a particular interest in pharmaceutical products regulation and state aid law. Kelyn has also been a Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University London and a Visiting Lecturer at University College London. She is a governing bencher of the Inner Temple.
Veronique Buehrlen QC
Veronique Buehrlen is a barrister and arbitrator. She spent her early childhood in France before moving back to England aged 12. Veronique studied French and international relations at St Andrews University, and had a brief career in management consultancy. She later converted to law at City University. Veronique was Queen Mother’s scholar at Middle Temple and a Bristow Scholar, spending time at the Legal Service of the EU Commission and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Prior to joining Keating in 2011, Veronique practised at Fountain Court where she developed a strong commercial law practice. Now practising from Keating Chambers, Veronique specialises in large litigation concerning major infrastructure projects and regularly advises on onshore and offshore construction contracts for oil and gas facilities, drilling and mining projects, insurance and injunctive relief.
John Cavanagh QC
John Cavanagh is a barrister, and a Recorder and tribunal judge. He was born in Belfast and grew up in Warwickshire, near Stratford-on-Avon. He attended Warwick School and went on to study law at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught law at Illinois and Oxford. Before studying law he was a residential social worker at a community home school in Airdrie, Scotland. He spent some time working in law firms in Chicago before coming to the Bar. He has spent his career at 11KBW Chambers, where he is now Joint Head. Called to the Bar in 1985, John was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He specialises in employment law and related areas of commercial, public, and European law. He was appointed Recorder in 2004 and was Chair of the Employment Law Bar Association from 2005 to 2007. John is a judge of the Administrative Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements and a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Rowena Collins Rice
Rowena Collins Rice is a government lawyer. Educated at a girls’ school in Glasgow, Rowena studied and taught law at Oxford before joining the civil service fast stream in 1985. Having gained policy, legislation and private office experience in the Home Office, Rowena applied for the Government Legal Service’s legal trainee scheme, qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 and becoming the first lawyer in her family. Following a number of legal advisory roles in the Home Office and the former Department for Constitutional Affairs, she was appointed a Legal Director at HM Revenue & Customs in 2005, and became Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Justice in 2007, before joining the Ministry’s Executive Board the following year as Director-General (Democracy, Constitution and Law) and Chief Legal Officer. In 2010 she became Director-General, Constitution to the then Deputy Prime Minister, and in 2011 she was appointed Secretary to the Leveson Inquiry (into the culture, practices and ethics of the press). She is currently Director-General of the Attorney General’s Office and Legal Secretary to the Law Officers.
David Edwards QC
David Edwards is a barrister. Born and educated in Cheshire, David studied law at Cambridge. He was the first member of his family to go to university and the first to become a lawyer. Called to the Bar in 1989, David joined chambers at 7 King’s Bench Walk where he has practised ever since. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2006. His practice at the Bar has been in commercial law: commercial litigation, principally in insurance and reinsurance, and international commercial arbitration, appearing in arbitrations in Canada, the United States and Bermuda, as well as London.
Nkumbe Ekaney QC
Nkumbe Ekaney is a barrister. He spent his formative years in Cameroon and the UK, attending schools in Mankon and Woodcote, near Reading. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and was appointed as the first Cameroonian-born Queen's Counsel in 2011. Nkumbe specialises exclusively in family law, regularly acting for parents in relationship breakdown cases and in public law for parents, children and local authorities in hearings involving chronic neglect, sexual abuse, serious physical and emotional harm and death of children. He is currently a member of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers in London and also practises from chambers in Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.
Naomi Ellenbogen QC
Naomi Ellenbogen is a barrister and a Recorder. She was born and grew up in Liverpool. She was educated at King David High School, a local, voluntary-aided comprehensive school, before studying jurisprudence at Oxford University, graduating in 1991. Naomi was called to the Bar in 1992 and appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2010, practising from Littleton Chambers (formerly at 2 Crown Office Row) throughout her career. Naomi was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Bar Standards Board in January 2016, having previously served as a member of the Board and as Barrister Vice-chairman of its Professional Conduct Committee. Naomi is Joint Head of Littleton Chambers, specialising in employment and commercial law. She is a Bencher of Gray's Inn, a Recorder and an accredited mediator.
Andrew Henshaw QC
Andrew Henshaw has practised as a solicitor and a barrister. He grew up in Towcester, Northamptonshire where he attended the local state school. As the first in his family to go to university, Andrew studied law at Cambridge University, then qualified as a solicitor and became a litigation partner at Linklaters. He qualified as a solicitor-advocate in 1998. He went on to work as a litigator at Linklaters, where he became a partner in 1994. In 2000 Andrew moved to the Bar and joined Brick Court Chambers, where he continues to practise. Appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013, Andrew specialises in commercial dispute resolution, public law and European law. His notable cases include high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration about shareholders’ agreements, banking/securities, injunctions and jurisdiction issues; and public/European cases on a variety of topics ranging from freedom of movement of goods and financial regulation to medicines and foods.
Edwin Johnson QC
Edwin Johnson is a barrister. Born in Lincolnshire and educated in Sussex, Edwin studied law at Oxford University. He trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1987, starting practice in 9 Old Square which later merged into Maitland Chambers, where he continues to practise today. He specialises in property, chancery and commercial litigation and advisory work. Appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006, Edwin has appeared in many high profile cases, most recently in the Supreme Court in Day v Hosebay.
Julian B Knowles QC
Julian B Knowles QC is a barrister. He grew up on a council estate in Manchester and attended the local state comprehensive school. He studies mathematics at Oxford University; one of the first generation of his family to attend university. Julian was called to the Bar in 1994 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He specialises in complex criminal law, extradition, human rights law, public law and media law. He has appeared in numerous significant cases including: the Pinochet extradition case; the Siôn Jenkins murder case; the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes; and the MPs expenses prosecutions.
He is the author and co-author of a number of legal books including the extradition law text book ‘The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance’.
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC
Peter practised first as a solicitor and now as a barrister. He grew up in Australia and studied law at the University of Sydney and Cambridge. He was a commercial litigation solicitor for 10 years at a City law firm, where he was a partner for 4 years. Peter was called to the Bar in 1999 after doing pupillage at 7 King’s Bench Walk, where he continues to practise today. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He specialises in commercial law, in particular, insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international trade, commodities, sale of goods, international arbitration, and international projects. Peter has been teaching at University College London since 2003, where he is currently a Visiting Professor.
Nigel Poole QC
Nigel Poole is a barrister. Born and brought up in Yorkshire, he attended Bradford Grammar School and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford before training as a barrister in London. Called to the Bar in 1989 and is currently Head of Chambers at Kings Chambers. Nigel was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2012. He is based in Manchester and practises in the areas of clinical negligence, personal injury and healthcare law including human rights claims, inquests and inquiries. He represented the appellant parents in the Supreme Court in Rabone and the respondent in the Court of Appeal in Billett v Ministry of Defence. Nigel sits as a Recorder and has been a Chair of the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service since 2013 and is involved in the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Schools Mock Trial competition and Pathways to Law.
Pushpinder Saini QC
Pushpinder Saini QC is a barrister and the son of Punjabi Sikh immigrants from East Africa. His family left Kenya in the early 1970s and settled in Southall, West London. Educated at Dormer’s Wells Comprehensive School, Pushpinder went on to graduate with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees at Oxford University, and become a Senior Scholar of Gray’s Inn. Pushpinder taught law at Oxford and the London School of Economics while studying for the Bar. His practice as a junior barrister was devoted to Treasury work. Pushpinder was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and has developed a practice in commercial law, public law and human rights, with a particular focus on appellate work. He is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and has a special interest in well-being and stress-related issues facing the Bar.
Joanna Smith QC
Joanna is a barrister and spent her childhood moving around a great deal, including Germany, following her father’s work as an RAF doctor. As a student at The Kings School in Ely she considered a career as an actress before her history teacher dissuaded her from the stage and suggested a career at the Bar instead. She studied jurisprudence at Oxford University and joined the chambers of Anthony Scrivener QC where she eventually focused on professional negligence and commercial litigation. She later joined Wilberforce Chambers and has been involved in many significant cases including opening the appeal in Cavendish v Makdessi (a seminal case on the doctrine of penalties) in the Supreme Court.
David Stone is a solicitor. Born in Australia, David graduated from Sydney University in Arts and Law and began work as an Associate to a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. He studied law at Oxford University, subsequently returning to Australia. David was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of Australia and as a Registered Trade Marks Attorney. On moving to London in 2001 David was admitted as a solicitor (England and Wales) and a solicitor advocate (civil) and he has since been admitted as a Notary Public (England and Wales), and also to the Supreme Court of Ireland. David is currently Global Head of Brands at Allen & Overy and an intellectual property litigator, with expertise in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs, and copyright. He recently represented Samsung in its pan-EU design rights dispute with Apple. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and teaches intellectual property at Oxford and Alicante Universities.
Justine Thornton QC
Justine Thornton is a barrister and has practised as a solicitor. She grew up in Nottingham and went to a local comprehensive school. After originally training as a barrister and completing pupillage, she wasn't taken on by chambers. She found tenancy at a tiny set of chambers, which subsequently collapsed. Justine decided to try a different route instead and went to the City to work for Simmons & Simmons and Allen and Overy. After 9 years working as a solicitor, she returned to being a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and subsequently became a Visiting Professor of Law at University College London. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
Daniel Toledano QC
Daniel Toledano is a barrister. He grew up in London and went to school in Elstree before studying law at Cambridge University. Called to the Bar in 1993, he joined the chambers at One Essex Court where he has remained ever since. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2009. Daniel has a broad commercial law practice which encompasses both court proceedings and arbitration. He has been involved in many high-profile cases including the Office of Fair Trading's bank charges case and a recent case on illegality in the Supreme Court.
Jon Turner QC
Jon Turner is a barrister. He grew up in London, and went to Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. He taught law part-time for 4 years, while establishing himself as a barrister. He specialised in competition and public law (including environmental law), and until 2006 he was the standing counsel to the Office of Fair Trading. In that role, he worked on cases concerned with lifting the bans on price competition in over-the-counter medicines, and books. Jon’s practice since has focused on large scale cases about anti-competitive practices, in the UK and in Europe. In 2017, he acted for the Competition and Markets Authority in a case against pharmaceutical companies that was concerned with alleged agreements to keep prices of branded medicines high. He has done a series of cases over his career in the environmental area, such as on climate change law, pollution control, disposal of nuclear waste, and the protection of wild dolphins in the North Sea.
Nicholas Vineall QC
Nicholas Vineall is a barrister. Educated at RGS Guildford, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, followed by history and philosophy of science as a Harkness Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. On returning to London he took the law conversion course at City University. Nicholas was called to the Bar in 1988 and began practice at 12 Kings Bench Walk initially with a very broad mix of civil work. He moved to 4 Pump Court in 1998 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He has a mixed commercial practice including shipping and offshore construction and financial services regulatory work. He is an elected Member of the Bar Council and a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Sarah Worthington QC(Hon) FBA
Sarah Worthington is an academic and a barrister. Born in England, she grew up in Kenya and Australia. She attended state school and was the first in her family to become a lawyer. Early in her career she completed a science degree and was involved in cancer research before retraining as a lawyer. As an academic, her main research interests are in commercial equity and corporate law, especially personal property and corporate and contract governance issues. She is Director of the Cambridge Private Law Centre. Sarah is currently Downing Professor of the Laws of England and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.