List of High Court judges of England and Wales

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This is a list of Justices of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, the puisne judges of the court. They serve in addition to the High Court's ex officio members:[1]

Within months of appointment, male judges are made knights bachelor, and female judges are made Dame Commanders of the British Empire (DBE). In addition, all High Court judges are entitled to the judicial style Mr/Mrs Justice X'.

The number of Justices of the High Court is limited to 108,[n 1] and the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 mandates that they, along with other senior judges throughout the UK retire at 70 years of age. Judges appointed before 31 March 1995 are excepted and may wait to retire at 75. Two such remain on the High Court: Mr Justice Collins and Mr Justice Holman.

List of judges[edit]

As of 3 June 2014, there are 108 Justices of the High Court (18 Chancery Division, 19 Family Division, and 70 Queen's Bench Division judges).[8]

Judge Mandatory retirement Date of appointment Division Other roles
1 Collins, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Collins 19 July 2017[n 2] 11 October 1994 Queen's Bench
2 Holman, Sir JamesSir James Holman 21 August 2023[n 2] 18 March 1995 Family
3 Hogg, Dame MaryDame Mary Hogg 15 January 2017 2 October 1995 Family
4 Charles, Sir WilliamSir William Charles 25 March 2018 12 January 1998 Queen's Bench
Family[n 3]
Vice-President of the Court of Protection
5 Burton, Sir MichaelSir Michael Burton 12 January 2016 23 November 1998 Queen's Bench
6 Bodey, Sir DavidSir David Bodey 14 October 2017 12 January 1999 Family
7 Smith, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Smith 31 December 2017 19 July 2000 Queen's Bench
8 Ouseley, Sir DuncanSir Duncan Ouseley 24 February 2020 2 November 2000 Queen's Bench Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court
9 Mitting, Sir JohnSir John Mitting 8 October 2017 3 April 2001 Queen's Bench
10 Cooke, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Cooke 28 April 2019 2 October 2001 Queen's Bench Judge in charge of the Commercial Court
11 Smith, Sir PeterSir Peter Smith 1 May 2022 15 April 2002 Chancery
12 Simon, Sir PeregrineSir Peregrine Simon 20 June 2020 1 October 2002 Queen's Bench
13 Cox, Dame LauraDame Laura Cox 8 November 2021 4 November 2002 Queen's Bench
14 Pauffley, Dame AnnaDame Anna Pauffley 13 January 2026 1 October 2003 Family
15 Richards, Sir DavidSir David Richards 9 June 2021 1 October 2003 Chancery
16 Wood, Sir RodericSir Roderic Wood 8 March 2021 12 January 2004 Family
17 Mann, Sir GeorgeSir George Mann 21 May 2021
19 January 2004 Chancery
18 Wilkie, Sir AlanSir Alan Wilkie 26 December 2017 1 October 2004 Queen's Bench
19 Walker, Sir PaulSir Paul Walker 28 September 2024 15 November 2004 Queen's Bench
20 Warren, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Warren 20 May 2019
18 April 2005 Chancery President of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
21 Openshaw, Sir PeterSir Peter Openshaw 21 December 2017 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench
22 Swift, Dame CarolineDame Caroline Swift 30 May 2025 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench
23 Langstaff, Sir BrianSir Brian Langstaff 30 April 2018 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench
24 Ramsey, Sir VivianSir Vivian Ramsey 24 May 2020 1 November 2005 Queen's Bench
25 Irwin, Sir StephenSir Stephen Irwin 5 February 2023 18 May 2006 Queen's Bench Chairman of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission
26 Teare, Sir NigelSir Nigel Teare 8 January 2022 2 October 2006 Queen's Bench
27 Griffith Williams, Sir JohnSir John Griffith Williams 20 December 2014 11 January 2007 Queen's Bench
28 Henderson, Sir LauncelotSir Launcelot Henderson 20 November 2021 11 January 2007 Chancery
29 Williams, Sir WynSir Wyn Williams 31 March 2021 11 January 2007 Queen's Bench
30 King, Sir TimothySir Timothy King 5 April 2019 29 January 2007 Queen's Bench
31 Moylan, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Moylan 23 June 2023 23 February 2007 Family
32 Saunders, Sir JohnSir John Saunders 15 March 2019 19 April 2007 Queen's Bench
33 Morgan, Sir PaulSir Paul Morgan 17 August 2022 19 April 2007 Chancery
34 Flaux, Sir JulianSir Julian Flaux 11 May 2025 14 May 2007 Queen's Bench
35 Norris, Sir AlastairSir Alastair Norris 17 December 2020 1 October 2007 Chancery Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster
36 Foskett, Sir DavidSir David Foskett 19 March 2019 2 October 2007 Queen's Bench
37 Akenhead, Sir RobertSir Robert Akenhead 15 September 2019 2 October 2007 Queen's Bench Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court
38 Barling, Sir GeraldSir Gerald Barling 18 September 2019 5 November 2007 Chancery
39 Blake, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Blake 21 June 2019 16 November 2007 Queen's Bench President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
40 Cranston, Sir RossSir Ross Cranston 23 July 2018 26 November 2007 Queen's Bench
41 Coulson, Sir PeterSir Peter Coulson 31 March 2028 14 January 2008 Queen's Bench
42 Blair, Sir WilliamSir William Blair 31 March 2020 27 February 2008 Queen's Bench
43 MacDuff, Sir AlistairSir Alistair MacDuff 26 May 2015 15 April 2008 Queen's Bench
44 Parker, Dame JudithDame Judith Parker 19 June 2020 13 June 2008 Family
45 Sweeney, Sir NigelSir Nigel Sweeney 18 March 2024 1 October 2008 Queen's Bench
46 Sales, Sir PhilipSir Philip Sales 11 February 2032 1 October 2008 Chancery
47 Proudman, Dame SoniaDame Sonia Proudman 30 July 2019 1 October 2008 Chancery
48 Arnold, Sir RichardSir Richard Arnold 23 June 2031 1 October 2008 Chancery
49 Slade, Dame ElizabethDame Elizabeth Slade 12 May 2019 9 October 2008 Queen's Bench
50 Hamblen, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Hamblen 23 September 2027 19 November 2008 Queen's Bench
51 Hickinbottom, Sir GarySir Gary Hickinbottom 22 December 2025 13 January 2009 Queen's Bench
52 Holroyde, Sir TimothySir Timothy Holroyde 18 August 2025 13 January 2009 Queen's Bench
53 Nicol, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Nicol 9 May 2021 4 February 2009 Queen's Bench
54 Roth, Sir PeterSir Peter Roth 19 December 2022 1 October 2009 Chancery President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal
55 Parker, Sir KennethSir Kenneth Parker 20 November 2015 2 October 2009 Queen's Bench
56 Edwards-Stuart, Sir AntonySir Antony Edwards-Stuart 2 November 2016 2 October 2009 Queen's Bench
57 Baker, Sir JonathanSir Jonathan Baker 6 August 2025 2 November 2009 Family
58 Newey, Sir GuySir Guy Newey 21 January 2029 12 January 2010 Chancery
59 Davies, Dame NicolaDame Nicola Davies 13 March 2023 22 January 2010 Queen's Bench
60 Thirlwall, Dame KathrynDame Kathryn Thirlwall 21 November 2027 13 April 2010 Queen's Bench
61 Mostyn, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Mostyn 13 July 2027 20 April 2010 Family
62 Supperstone, Sir MichaelSir Michael Supperstone 30 March 2020 14 July 2010 Queen's Bench
63 Spencer, Sir RobinSir Robin Spencer 8 July 2025 14 July 2010 Queen's Bench
64 Jackson, Sir PeterSir Peter Jackson 9 December 2025 1 October 2010 Family
65 Lindblom, Sir KeithSir Keith Lindblom 20 September 2026 4 October 2010 Queen's Bench President of the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
66 Theis, Dame LucyDame Lucy Theis 6 November 2030 15 November 2010 Family
67 Eder, Sir BernardSir Bernard Eder 18 June 2022 11 January 2011 Queen's Bench
68 Globe, Sir HenrySir Henry Globe 18 June 2019 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
69 Hildyard, Sir RobertSir Robert Hildyard 10 October 2022 3 October 2011 Chancery
70 Popplewell, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Popplewell 14 January 2029 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
71 Singh, Sir RabinderSir Rabinder Singh 6 March 2034 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
72 Moor, Sir PhilipSir Philip Moor 15 July 2029 3 October 2011 Family
73 Lang, Dame BeverleyDame Beverley Lang 13 October 2025 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
74 Haddon-Cave, Sir CharlesSir Charles Haddon-Cave 20 March 2026 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
75 Males, Sir StephenSir Stephen Males 24 November 2025 1 October 2012 Queen's Bench
76 Asplin, Dame SarahDame Sarah Asplin 16 September 2029 1 October 2012 Chancery
77 Stuart-Smith, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Stuart-Smith 18 January 2025 1 October 2012 Queen's Bench
78 Leggatt, Sir GeorgeSir George Leggatt 12 November 2027 26 October 2012 Queen's Bench
79 Cobb, Sir StephenSir Stephen Cobb 12 April 2032 11 January 2013 Family
80 Turner, Sir MarkSir Mark Turner 27 August 2029 28 January 2013 Queen's Bench
81 Baker, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Baker 9 February 2028 25 March 2013 Queen's Bench
82 Stewart, Sir StephenSir Stephen Stewart 9 October 2023 7 May 2013 Queen's Bench
83 Birss, Sir ColinSir Colin Birss 28 December 2034 13 May 2013 Chancery
84 Rose, Dame VivienDame Vivien Rose 13 April 2030 13 May 2013 Chancery
85 Keehan, Sir JosephSir Joseph Keehan 31 March 2030 13 May 2013 Family
86 Jay, Sir RobertSir Robert Jay 20 September 2029 4 June 2013 Queen's Bench
87 Dingemans, Sir JamesSir James Dingemans 25 June 2034 10 June 2013 Queen's Bench
88 Lewis, Sir CliveSir Clive Lewis 13 June 2030 13 June 2013 Queen's Bench
89 Carr, Dame SueDame Sue Carr 1 September 2034 14 June 2013 Queen's Bench
90 Hayden, Sir AnthonySir Anthony Hayden 24 June 2031 31 July 2013 Family
91 Nugee, Sir ChristopherSir Christopher Nugee 23 January 2029 1 October 2013 Chancery
92 Phillips, Sir StephenSir Stephen Phillips 10 October 2031 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
93 Andrews, Dame GeraldineDame Geraldine Andrews 19 April 2024 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
94 Patterson, Dame FrancesDame Frances Patterson 29 November 2024 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
95 Green, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Green 1 September 2034 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
96 Simler, Dame IngridDame Ingrid Simler 17 September 2033 28 October 2013 Queen's Bench
97 Russell, Dame AlisonDame Alison Russell 17 June 2028 13 January 2014 Family
98 Laing, Dame ElisabethDame Elisabeth Laing 19 November 2026 29 April 2014 Queen's Bench
99 Davis, Sir WilliamSir William Davis 20 June 2024 1 May 2014 Queen's Bench
100 Newton, Sir RoderickSir Roderick Newton 15 April 2028 5 May 2014 Family
101 Roberts, Dame JenniferDame Jennifer Roberts 3 March 2023 3 June 2014 Family
102 Warby, Sir MarkSir Mark Warby 10 October 2028 10 June 2014 Queen's Bench
103 Edis, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Edis 9 June 2027 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
104 McGowan, Dame MauraDame Maura McGowan 27 January 2027 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
105 Goss, Sir JamesSir James Goss 12 May 2023 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
106 Knowles, Sir RobinSir Robin Knowles 7 April 2030 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
107 Dove, Sir IanSir Ian Dove 31 December 2033 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
108 Gilbart, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Gilbart 13 February 2020 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench

Pending appointments[edit]

Future vacancies[edit]

A vacancy will be caused by the mandatory retirement of Mr Justice Henriques on 27 October.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Senior Courts Act 1981 specifies 80,[1] but that has been amended (without changing the act's text) by The Maximum number of Judges Order 2003[2] to 108. High Court judges sitting on the European Court of Human Rights do not count against the total under the Human Rights Act 1999,[3] and judges sitting on other courts are excluded by virtue of the Access to Justice Act 1999.[4] Recently, this has applied to Nicolas Bratza in respect of the ECHR and Sir Adrian Fulford, who was serving on the International Criminal Court; at the time there were, therefore, 110 judges.[5][6][7] Such seconded judges do not receive a salary as a judge of High Court.[3][4]
  2. ^ a b Mandatory retirement for Collins and Holman is at 75, rather than 70, because they were appointed before 31 March 1995.
  3. ^ Mr Justice Charles served in the Family Division from his appointment until 13 January 2014, when he was transferred to the Queen's Bench Division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Senior Courts Act 1981, s 4(1).
  2. ^ 2003/775 art 2.
  3. ^ a b s 18(4).
  4. ^ a b s 68(3).
  5. ^ "Going to Court: High Court". Judiciary of England and Wales. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  (explaining there are 73 QBD, 18 CD, and 19 FD judges, which totals 110)
  6. ^ Whitehead, Tom (28 April 2009). "Quotas could be introduced for judges to increase ethnic minorities and women". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "England and Wales—Women Judges in 2000 and 2011". Equal Justice Initiative. April 2011. 
  8. ^ "List of Senior Judiciary". Judiciary of England and Wales. Retrieved 18 October 2013.