Elizabeth Gloster

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The Right Honourable
Dame Elizabeth Gloster
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Lord Justice of Appeal
Assumed office
9 April 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
High Court Judge
In office
21 April 2004 – 9 April 2013
Personal details
Born Elizabeth Gloster
(1949-06-05) 5 June 1949 (age 67)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Stanley Brodie QC (div. 2004)
Sir Oliver Popplewell (m. 2008)
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Occupation Judge
Profession Barrister

Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE, PC (born 5 June 1949[1]) is a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. While a judge of the High Court of Justice, she served as 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 at Inner Temple in 1971 (and made a bencher in 1992). She joined the Magic Circle set of One Essex Court.[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 appointed to the Queen's Bench Division.[5] From 2010-12, she served as head of the Commercial Court."The Hon Mrs Justice Gloster, DBE". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 

On 9 April 2013, she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal[7] and consequently appointed to the Privy Council.

She will become Vice-President of the Civil Division on 7 December 2016, following the retirement of Lord Justice Martin Moore-Bick.[8]


Private life[edit]

In 2004, Elizabeth Gloster was divorced from her husband of three decades, Stanley Brodie QC.[9] On 15 March 2008, she married former judge and noted cricket player Sir Oliver Popplewell.[9][10]


  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. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57274. p. 5305. 28 April 2004.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 60472. p. 7097. 11 April 2013.
  8. ^ https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/announcements/appointed-of-the-new-vice-president-of-the-court-of-appeal-civil/
  9. ^ a b "Brief affair ends with a wedding". The Daily Mail. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Rozenberg, Joshua (4 June 2008). "Brief Encounters". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2011.