Richard Meade QC
Richard is a barrister. He grew up in North London where he attended a state secondary school before going on to Oxford University, graduating in 1988.
After university he worked at Andersen Consulting on IT projects. He was called to the Bar in 1991 after being awarded the Scarman Scholarship for coming first in the Bar Vocational Course. Richard went on to specialise in intellectual property and commercial work relating to technology and the music business. As well as appearing in the English Courts he has appeared in the Court of Justice in the European Union and the European Patent Office.
He has been a CEDR-accredited mediator since 2003, was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2011.
Kelyn Bacon QC
Kelyn Bacon was born in Mumbai and moved to England as a child. She attended local state schools in Somerset, before studying law at Oxford University and Konstanz University, followed by a Masters degree in European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. She was called to the Bar in 1998 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014, specialising in EU and competition law.
She is the editor and main author of “European Union Law of State Aid” and has been a Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University London, and a Visiting Lecturer at University College London, teaching competition and State aid law.
She is a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple and was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division in 2017.
Her Honour Judge Mary Stacey
Mary Stacey was born in London and grew up in Woolwich, Oxford and Kent before returning to Oxford University to study English. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and went on to specialise in employment and discrimination law.
She was appointed as a salaried Employment Judge in 2003 and a Circuit Judge of the Midland Circuit sitting in Birmingham Crown Court and the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre in 2014. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2006.
She became a visiting judge at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2017 and was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018.
His Honour Judge Mark Wall QC
Mark was born in London but brought up mainly in Worcestershire. He attended a local comprehensive school before going on to Cambridge University.
Called to the Bar in 1985, Mark specialised in criminal trial work first in Leicester and then Birmingham.
He was appointed as a Recorder in 2002 and as Queens’s Counsel in 2006. Mark has been a Circuit Judge since 2014, presiding over all types of criminal trials including fraud, sexual offences and murder.
He also chairs the Leverhulme Research Centre Advisory Board at Dundee University and sits on the Forensic Science Regulator’s Advisory Committee.
Charles Bourne QC
Charles Bourne is a Barrister. He grew up in London, attending school in Hampstead before going on to study English at Cambridge University and French Literature at Paris-Sorbonne. Charles started work in journalism before studying for the Diploma in Law at the Polytechnic of Central London.
Called to the Bar in 1991, Charles specialises in local government, public law, employment, inquiries and investigations. He has frequently acted for the Government in public law cases, for example HJ (Iran) v Home Secretary  UKSC 31 (asylum claims based on sexual orientation) and C v Department for Work and Pensions  UKSC 72 (transgender rights).
He was appointed as a Recorder in 2010, as Queen’s Counsel in 2014, and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. He is also an accredited Mediator and was the founding Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association in 2003.
Rowena Collins Rice
Rowena Collins Rice is a government lawyer. Educated at a girls’ school in Glasgow, Rowena studied and taught law at Oxford University 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 has been Director-General of the Attorney General’s Office and Legal Secretary to the Law Officers since 2013.
She was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017.
Nigel Poole QC
Born and brought up in Yorkshire, Nigel attended a grammar school in Bradford before going on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford.
Called to the Bar in 1989, he has practised throughout his career in Manchester, specialising in clinical negligence and healthcare and becoming a Head of Chambers in 2017.
Nigel was appointed as a Recorder in 2009, as Queen’s Counsel in 2012, and as a Deputy High Court Judge sitting in the Family Division in 2017.
He was a Chair of the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service from 2013 - 2020.
Neil Calver QC
Neil Calver is a barrister. He grew up in Dartford, Kent, where he attended the local grammar school and was Kent County Chess Champion each year from under 12 through to under 18 levels. He went on to study law at Cambridge University, becoming the first person in his family to go to university.
Called to the Bar in 1987, Neil specialised in all types of commercial litigation and arbitration as well as practising in competition law and public law. Early in his practice he appeared before the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the European Court of Justice, successfully resisting the challenge to the ban on the opening of shops in England and Wales on a Sunday. He also acted for the successful appellants in the last case heard by the House of Lords before the formation of the Supreme Court.
Neil has also acted as an arbitrator for the past 10 years in various international arbitrations, including International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration and Permanent Court of Arbitration. Neil was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and as a Recorder (Crime) in 2009.
Adam Johnson QC
Adam Johnson grew up 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. He joined Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) as an articled clerk in 1988, qualified in 1990, and has been with the firm throughout his career as a solicitor and (later) solicitor-advocate.
Adam has had a broad commercial practice with a particular focus on cross-border litigation, banking and financial services litigation, and international arbitration. He has acted in a number of high profile cases including most recently the litigation arising out of RBS's 2008 Rights Issue. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2017, and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018.
Adam also has an active interest in pro bono work, and has for a number of years been Vice-Chair of the Herbert Smith Freehills Pro Bono and Citizenship Council. He is a Trustee of Pro Bono Community, a charity providing legal training for Law Centre volunteers.