Following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission, 32 Deputy High Court judges were appointed in September 2018. 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.
Clare Ambrose is a barrister. She grew up in Woking, and studied law at Oxford University before completing a Master’s degree at Cambridge University.
Called to the Bar in 1992, Clare joined chambers at 20 Essex Street. She specialises in commercial law with emphasis on international trade. In 1996 she co-wrote (with Karen Maxwell) the first edition of her textbook ‘London Maritime Arbitration’. Between 1999 and 2002 she was a full-time academic at Oxford University as a lecturer and the senior law fellow at Somerville College. She taught international trade, commercial law on security interests, EU and constitutional law. Arbitration was her research interest.
On return to the Bar she focused on arbitration, increasingly sitting as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes. In 2008 she was appointed Deputy District judge and since 2014 has been authorised to sit in private family law cases involving children. Clare now practises full-time as an arbitrator.
Adrian Beltrami QC
Adrian Beltrami is a barrister. He was born and grew up in Glasgow, the son of a Scottish criminal solicitor. He had a Jesuit education in Glasgow and Lancashire. Before university he spent a year as a precognition clerk, gathering evidence for criminal trials.
He studied law Cambridge University, where he was a senior scholar, before going on to obtain a master’s degree at Harvard Law School as a Knox Fellow. He was called to the Bar in 1989 as a Hardwicke and Denning scholar, and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
Adrian’s practice is in commercial law, specialising in banking, financial services, fraud and insolvency. He has acted in many complex financial cases including trials involving financial institutions arising out of the 2008 financial crisis and cases concerning LIBOR and EURIBOR. He is currently joint Head of Chambers at 3 Verulam Buildings.
Nicholas Caddick QC
Nicholas Caddick is a barrister. He was brought up in south London and Hampshire, where he attended state comprehensive schools. Nicholas went to Oxford University and studied history before changing to law.
Called to the Bar in 1986, he was on the Attorney General’s A panel of junior counsel for 11 years and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011.
Nicholas’ practice was initially general chancery, especially insolvency and property, but his specialism now is primarily intellectual property and contractual law. He has edited a number of textbooks on the law of copyright, trade mark and probate.
Jason Coppel QC
Jason Coppel is a barrister. He grew up in Belfast where he attended a local grammar school. Jason studied law at Oxford University and the European University Institute in Florence.
He worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Sydney, Australia and taught law at Oxford University before becoming a barrister in 1994. He specialises in public law, public procurement, EU and human rights law.
Jason was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and since then has appeared regularly in the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and in many of the leading cases of recent years, including the Article 50 litigation: Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Julia Dias QC
Julia Dias grew up in Cambridge and studied law at Cambridge University.
Called to the Bar in 1982, Julia has practised extensively in commercial law as well as international trade and sale of goods, shipbuilding and conflicts of laws. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
Since 2009 Julia has been chairman of the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service Disciplinary Tribunals and is also a member of the Gibraltar Bar. She is a qualified mediator and arbitrator.
Francis Fitzpatrick QC
Francis Fitzpatrick is a barrister. He grew up on a council estate in Birmingham and attended Handsworth Grammar School. Inspired to study law by his time working as a volunteer at a Citizen’s Advice Bureau, he studied law at Oxford University. He was awarded a scholarship and graduated with a law degree and a postgraduate Bachelor in Civil Law before teaching law at Merton College, Oxford. He was one of the first in his family to attend university and the first to become a lawyer.
Called to the Bar in 1990, Francis practices in revenue law, and related areas of EU law, human rights law, restitution, trusts, shipping and commercial law. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
Francis has a special interest in encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to apply to the Bar and has been involved in the Inner Temple Pathways to Law project which encourages applicants from state schools.
Deirdre Fottrell QC
Deirdre Fottrell was born in Galway and studied English literature and law at the National University of Ireland Galway, followed by public international law at the London School of Economics.
Called to the Bar in 2001, Deirdre’s practice is in family law with a particular focus on the law relating to children. In public law she represents children and parents, and local authorities. She has acted in cases on modern families, fertility and surrogacy, and in private international law. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
Since 1997 Deirdre has held a number of academic appointments: as a law lecturer at the University of East London, at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and from 2001 to 2014 she was a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Essex. From 2002 to 2013 she was a visiting professor in the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. Deirdre has also taught and published on the European human rights, international child law and women’s human rights.
Kate Gallafent QC
Kate Gallafent is a barrister. She studied English literature at Cambridge University and worked as a fast-stream civil servant at the Department for Education for 2 years before leaving to re-train as a lawyer, studying at the University of Westminster.
Called to the Bar in 1997, Kate’s practice is in public, sports and employment law, with particular specialisms in prison law, safeguarding, and discrimination. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
Kate is also a judicial member of the National Anti-Doping Panel and an accredited mediator.
Michael Green QC
Born and educated in London, Michael studied law at Cambridge University and was called to the Bar in 1987.
Michael has a broad commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on company, insolvency, financial services and tax. He has acted in many international cases and has been called to the Bars of the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, British Virgin Islands and Uganda for specific cases. From 1997 to 2008, Michael was on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel, handling directors’ disqualification, public interest winding up and tax evasion matters. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2009.
He is a member of the International Committee of the Bar Council and the Honorary Secretary of the Chancery Bar Association.
Sam Grodzinski QC
Sam Grodzinski is a barrister. From a family of bakers, he was born and brought up in North West London. Sam was educated at University College School and studied law at Oxford University. He started his career as a commercial litigation solicitor, before moving to the Bar in 1996. He spent several years on the Attorney General’s Panels, doing a wide range of public law, tax, medical negligence and general common law cases.
Sam was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011. His practice now focuses on public law, human rights and tax related litigation, acting for a range of government, corporate and individual clients.
Sam is also a long-time school governor and is involved in several human rights related charities.
Mathew Gullick is a barrister. Born and brought up in Leeds, he was educated locally at state and independent schools before studying modern history at Oxford University. He decided to become a lawyer after working as a political researcher and completed a diploma in law at City University in 2002. Called to the Bar in 2003 he joined 3 Paper Buildings in London, from where he continues to practise.
Mathew has a civil common law practice, specialising in public law and employment matters as well as all aspects of civil procedure and costs. He has appeared in numerous significant cases at appellate level, most recently in May 2018 in the Supreme Court, responding to a human rights challenge to the terms of the statutory miscarriage of justice compensation scheme.
Mathew has published articles on topics as diverse as company law and criminal sentencing, and is a contributor to a practitioner textbook on proceeds of crime law. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2018.
Judge John Hayes QC
John Hayes was born in Sheffield, where he attended state school before studying jurisprudence at Oxford University. He was a lecturer and researcher at the medical law department at the Free University in Berlin in 1991. He then attended Bar School in London and was called to the Bar in 1992.
John's specialist field of practice was public law children proceedings. He acted as counsel for the child in Re O & N; Re B  UKHL 18 and in many Court of Appeal and High Court rulings. John regularly acted in cases involving alleged serious abuse or the death of children or cases involving particular legal complexity.
He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and as a Recorder in 2016. In 2018, he was appointed full-time as a Circuit Judge and sits in Leeds.
Ruth Henke QC
Ruth Henke is a barrister. Born in England, Ruth grew up in South Wales where she attended the local primary school before gaining a bursary for Howell’s School in Cardiff. She studied jurisprudence at Oxford University and was called to the Bar in 1987. She is the first in her family to go to university and the first lawyer.
Ruth began her practice in London, returning to South Wales in 1991. She specialises in law affecting children and vulnerable adults and has acted in significant cases in the Family Court, the Court of Protection and the Administrative Court in England and Wales. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006.
Ruth is a member of the National Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales and the Welsh Advisory Panel to the Law Commission. She is also responsible for the Welsh Materials in the Family Court Practice and is the author of the chapter on Welsh law in Butterworth’s Family Law.
David Holland QC
David Holland was born and brought up in Belfast. He attended Campbell College before gaining a scholarship to study law at Cambridge University. He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Toronto where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.
Called to the Bar in 1986, David’s early practice was in general common law before specialising in property, professional negligence and costs law. He has recently acted in a number of high profile cases including acting for the Law Society as Intervening Party in the appeals in both Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya and Denton v White (where he acted additionally for the Bar Council). He has also appeared in many other significant costs and property cases in courts up to and including the UK Supreme Court.
He has been a part-time judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber since 2009, he was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011 and a Recorder in 2016.
Adam Johnson QC
Adam Johnson is a solicitor and solicitor-advocate. He grew up on a council estate in Sheffield and attended the local comprehensive school. He studied law at Cambridge University and was the first person in his family to attend university.
Adam has a broad commercial practice with a particular focus on cross-border litigation, banking and financial services litigation, and international arbitration. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2017.
He has acted in a number of high profile cases including most recently the litigation arising out of RBS's 2008 Rights Issue. Adam has an active interest in pro bono work, he is presently vice-chair of the Herbert Smith Freehills Pro Bono and Citizenship Council, and a Trustee of Pro Bono Community, a charity providing legal training for Law Centre volunteers.
Nigel Lickley QC
Nigel was born and educated in Basingstoke Hampshire attending local primary and comprehensive schools, and Queen Mary’s Sixth Form College. He studied law at University College London and was called to the Bar in 1983.
Nigel has acted as prosecuting and defence counsel in a number of murder and manslaughter cases and in regulatory crime.
He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1998 and a Recorder in 2000. He was authorised to try civil cases in 2003 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2006.
Nigel was the Leader of the Western Circuit from 2010 to 2013 and was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2013. In 2015 he was authorised to sit as a Recorder at the Central Criminal Court. He has been Head of Chambers at 3PB since 2015.
John Kimbell QC
John Kimbell grew up in West London and attended a comprehensive school in Isleworth. He was the first person in his family to attend university and the first to become a lawyer. After studying at Cambridge University, John studied at Harvard and Oxford Universities as a graduate.
John was a research assistant at the Law Commission and a law teacher at King’s College London before qualifying as a barrister in 1995. He specialises in aviation, shipping law and multi-jurisdictional disputes with a foreign law element and has acted in a wide range of cases in the Commercial and Admiralty Court in London and in London arbitrations. John speaks fluent German and since 2001 he has also been qualified to practise in Germany as a solicitor (Rechtsanwalt). He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
He is Chair of the Admiralty Bar Group and a member of the Admiralty Court Users Committee and the Commercial Court Working Party on witness evidence. He sits as a commercial and maritime arbitrator in London and Hamburg.
Peter Knox QC
Peter Knox is a barrister. He grew up in London, attending Westminster School before studying classics at Oxford University. After completing a law conversion course at City University, he was called to the Bar in 1983. He is the first person in his family to become a lawyer.
Peter’s practice is in general commercial and chancery litigation, professional negligence, and civil appeals to the Privy Council from the Caribbean. He has acted in many significant cases and specialises in banking disputes on guarantees and mortgages, corporate directors, and in disputes about agents (especially the commercial agency regulations). He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006.
Gavin Mansfield QC
Gavin Mansfield is a barrister. Born and brought up in Nottingham, he studied law at Cambridge University. He was the first in his family to go to university.
Called to the Bar in 1992, Gavin is a specialist in employment, partnership and commercial law. He has appeared in many significant cases involving team moves, restrictive covenants, confidential information and partnership disputes. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and became a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2018.
He was Chair of the Employment Law Bar Association from 2015 to 2017. In 2018 he became Head of Chambers at Littleton.
Hugh Mercer QC
Hugh Mercer is a barrister and avocat (in Belgium) practising from London and Brussels. He grew up in the West Midlands, where he attended the local grammar school. He studied law at Cambridge University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles and was called to the Bar in 1985, becoming the first lawyer in his family.
His practice is in regulatory, commercial and public law with a particular emphasis on EU law and conflict of laws. Many of his cases have involved the food, farming, and transport industries as well as legal issues arising in relation to the environment.
Hugh is the leader of the European Circuit, chairs the Brexit Working Group of the Bar as well as the European Lawyers Committee of the CCBE (the steering group for bars in Europe). Until 2016, chaired the CCBE Permanent Delegation to the Court of Justice of the European Union. He is a bencher of Middle Temple.
Anthony Metzer QC
Anthony grew up in London and attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys in Elstree. He initially studied chemistry before changing to law at Oxford University. Called to the Bar in 1987, his practice is in civil law, particularly actions against the police, crime, inquests and immigration.
Since 2002 Anthony has sat part-time as a tribunal judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and was appointed in 2018 to the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber. He has been instructed in many significant cases, including in immigration: Banger v UK before the Court of Justice of the European Union, where he made successful submissions that will benefit extended family members in the future. He also acted for war veterans affected by the 1950s nuclear tests on Christmas Island (Abdale v SSHD) as well as in serious criminal trials involving murder, manslaughter and rape.
Anthony has taught administrative and tort law at formerly City of London Polytechnic and English civil law procedure in Budapest. He has also acted as a legal consultant on TV series, including Criminal Justice 1 and 2.
Timothy Mould QC
Born in Northampton, Tim grew up in the Cotswolds. He attended Rugby School and studied Classics at Oxford University before starting work at the London Borough of Camden. After studying for a Diploma in Law at Central London Polytechnic, he was called to the Bar in 1987.
Tim was a member of the A Panel of Treasury Counsel from 2001 to 2006 and standing junior counsel to the Inland Revenue (Rating and Valuation) from 1997 to 2006. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He was called to the Northern Irish Bar in 2013 and elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2016.
His practice is in planning, environmental and local government law, particularly concerning transport infrastructure, compulsory purchase and business rating. Since 2010 Tim has acted for the government on the HS2 high speed rail project. He is joint editor of the Encyclopedia of Rating and Local Taxation.
Margaret Obi is a solicitor. Born to Nigerian parents who came to the UK in the 1960s, she grew up in Tottenham and attended state school before studying law at university. She was the first member of her family to become a lawyer.
She qualified in 1998 and practised criminal defence, specialising in complex crime. In 2014 Margaret became an independent legal adviser. She is currently an independent legal assessor and chairperson for various statutory bodies. She also undertakes independent reviews on behalf of large companies, banks and other financial institutions under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency, Financial Conduct Authority, and Competition and Markets Authority.
Margaret is a former member of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee (2006 to 2015) and is the author of 2 practitioner books on prison law.
Professor David Ormerod QC
David Ormerod grew up on the Fylde coast, close to Blackpool, and attended the local grammar school. His parents had not been university educated and he was the first lawyer in his family.
After teaching law at various UK universities, David was called to the Bar in 2002 and continued as a university professor part-time.
David specialises in fraud and has acted for the Serious Fraud Office and the HMRC Prosecution Office in serious fraud cases. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and has been a Master of the Bench at Middle Temple since 2009.
For the last 15 years David has been involved in Judicial College criminal law training and he is the author of numerous journal articles and co-author of the criminal law textbook ‘Smith and Hogan’. Since 2010 David has been the Criminal Law Commissioner for England and Wales.
James Pickering is a barrister. Born and brought up in London, he attended the local state school before studying law and politics at the University of Southampton. After spending a year working in the film industry, James went to bar school where he was awarded the J.J. Powell Prize from the Inns of Court School of Law and a Harmsworth Law Scholarship from the Middle Temple.
Called to the bar in 1991, he specialises in chancery commercial litigation and has appeared in a number of high profile cases including the A1 Grand Prix insolvency.
In 2016 James was appointed as a Deputy Master in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
David Rees QC
David grew up in Kent and Somerset and attended school in Dorset. He was the first in his family to attend university and the first to become a lawyer
David studied at Oxford University, reading chemistry for a year before deciding to change to a law degree. After university he completed the Bar Vocational Course and was called to the Bar in 1994. His practice encompasses traditional chancery work such as trusts, contentious probate disputes and family provision claims in high value estates, and Court of Protection work, where he has acted in a wide-range of cases involving property and affairs, personal welfare and cross-border mental incapacity disputes.
David was appointed as a Recorder in 2012 and as Queen’s Counsel in 2017. He has been a member of the Court of Protection ad hoc Rules Committees since 2006 and has helped to draft the Court’s rules and practice directions.
Clive Sheldon QC
Clive Sheldon was born in London, the child of a Holocaust survivor from Poland. He attended a state school in Enfield.
After studying law at Cambridge University and completing his Master’s degree at University of Pennsylvania, he qualified at the New York State Bar. He is the first member of his family to be a lawyer.
Clive taught labour law at the London School of Economics while undertaking pupillage, and then worked for 2 years in New York as a commercial litigator, before returning to the UK. He served on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011.
A specialist in employment and public law, Clive represented the Secretary of State for Health in the junior doctors’ litigation and appeared for the Labour Party in the dispute over who could vote in the leadership election. He also appeared for John Platt in the dispute over term-time holidays. He is currently leading the review for the Football Association into non-recent allegations of child sex abuse.
Dan Squires QC
Dan Squires is a barrister. He was born and grew up in Cambridge and studied social and political sciences and law at Cambridge University and law at Harvard Law School. He also earned a Master’s degree in social anthropology from the London School of Economics.
Called to the Bar in 1998, Dan specialises in public law, representing individuals, public bodies and non-governmental organisations. He is on the A panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Dan was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2016. He is a visiting Professor of Law at Queen Mary University, London and has taught courses there and at other universities in the UK, US and in Puerto Rico on constitutional law and civil liberties.
Judge Mary Stacey
Mary Stacey was born in London. After articles at Clifford Chance and qualifying as a solicitor, she became a partner at Simons, Muirhead & Burton, and then Thompsons solicitors, specialising in employment and discrimination law. She was appointed a salaried Employment Judge in 2003 and a Recorder in 2006.
Since 2013 Mary has been a Circuit judge in the Midland Circuit sitting in Birmingham Crown Court and the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre and from 2017, the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She is also deputy chair of the Central Arbitration Committee and a Diversity and Community Relations Judge.
Mary chaired the national pay negotiating body for higher education staff and is Vice President of the Industrial Law Society.
She is also an author of Harvey Industrial Relations and Employment Law and a Judicial College tutor.
James Strachan QC
James Strachan is a barrister. Born and brought up in London, he studied English at Oxford University. He subsequently completed a conversion course with a view to becoming a solicitor, but became interested in the Bar after attending court during a mini-pupillage. He is the first person in his family to become a barrister.
Called to the Bar in 1996, James served on the Attorney General’s Panel of Treasury Counsel from 2001 to 2013. He specialises in public and administrative law, planning and environment, financial services and regulation, and civil liberties.
He has appeared regularly at public inquiries and in court in respect of most aspects of planning and environmental control, before Parliamentary Select Committees on High Speed rail, and recent human rights cases include those involving assisted suicide, miscarriage of justice compensation and the right to private life. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
Pat Treacy is a solicitor. Born in Enniskillen, Pat attended grammar school in Donaghmore before attending university in England. She was the first in her family to go to university and the first lawyer in her family.
Specialising in EU and competition law, Pat has worked in London and Brussels on landmark cases involving both EU and national law. She specialises in advising clients in high technology or research-intensive industries on the complex legal and policy issues arising from competition law and intellectual property law.
Pat is a member of the Competition Law Association, UK Association of European Lawyers and Competition Section of the Law Society. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and Competition Law Insight. She also teaches competition law for the University of Oxford’s Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.
Heather Williams QC
Heather Williams grew up in Portsmouth. She studied law at King’s College, London and was called to the Bar in 1985. She is the first member of her family to become a lawyer.
Heather specialises in litigation involving civil liberties, human rights and employment issues and inquests. Her significant cases include appearing recently in the Supreme Court in Hallam v SSJ, the Hillsborough Inquests and civil claims for misfeasance and Miriam O’Reilly’s discrimination claim against the BBC.
She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006. She has sat as an Employment Judge since 2005, an Assistant Coroner since 2016 and was appointed as a Recorder in 2018. Heather is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and an advocacy trainer for the Inn. She is also an accredited mediator and a QC Member of the Council of the Inns of Court Disciplinary Pool.