Elizabeth Gloster

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Dame Elizabeth Gloster
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Lady Justice of Appeal
In office
9 April 2013 – 1 June 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
High Court Judge
In office
21 April 2004 – 9 April 2013
Personal details
Elizabeth Gloster

(1949-06-05) 5 June 1949 (age 72)
Alma materGirton College, Cambridge

Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE, PC (born 5 June 1949[1]) is a former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Vice-President of the Civil Division. She was the first female judge of the Commercial Court.[2]


Gloster was educated at Roedean School and Girton College, Cambridge.[3]


Gloster was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1971 (and made a bencher in 1992).[4] In 1989, she became a Queen's Counsel. She was appointed a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 1993 and a Recorder in 1995.[5]

On 21 April 2004, Gloster was appointed a High Court judge,[6] receiving the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), and allocated to the Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court).[7] From 2010 to 2012, she was the judge in charge of the Commercial Court.[5]

Gloster oversaw the case between Russian oligarchs Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich. She found Berezovsky to be "an inherently unreliable witness" and sided with Abramovich in 2012. It later emerged that Gloster's stepson had been paid almost £500,000 to represent Abramovich as a barrister early in the case. Her stepson's involvement was alleged to be more than had been disclosed. Berezovsky stated, "Sometimes I have the impression that Putin himself wrote this judgment". Gloster declined to comment.[8][9][10]

On 9 April 2013, she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal[11] and consequently appointed to the Privy Council.

She became Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal on 7 December 2016, on the retirement of Lord Justice Moore-Bick.[12] She retired from the Court of Appeal on 1 June 2018.[7]


Private life[edit]

In 2004, Elizabeth Gloster was divorced from Stanley Brodie QC.[citation needed] On 15 March 2008, she married Sir Oliver Popplewell.[13]


  1. ^ "Senior judiciary". The Judicial Office. 3 October 2011. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Malkin, Brendan (13 April 2004). "Gloster QC is first female Commercial Court judge". The Lawyer. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Gloster QC". Commonwealth Secretariat. 2011. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Gloster, Dame Elizabeth - Hot 100". The Lawyer. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Appointment of new judge in charge of the Commercial Court". The Judicial Office. 6 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  6. ^ "No. 57274". The London Gazette. 28 April 2004. p. 5305.
  7. ^ a b "Court of Appeal: Retirement of Lady Justice Gloster DBE". www.judiciary.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  8. ^ Belton 2020, pp. 4, 505–506.
  9. ^ Leppard, David (22 September 2012). "Berezovsky cries foul over £3.5bn Abramovich trial judge". The Times. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Roman Abramovich wins court battle against Berezovsky". BBC News. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  11. ^ "No. 60472". The London Gazette. 11 April 2013. p. 7097.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Rozenberg, Joshua (4 June 2008). "Brief Encounters". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2011.