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. As of 2017 those remaining on the High Court bench are Mr Justice Collins and Mr Justice Holman. Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Longmore, now members of the Court of Appeal, also qualify, as does Baroness Hale of Richmond in the Supreme Court.

List of judges[edit]

As of 30 April 2017, there were 97 Justices of the High Court (18 Chancery Division, 17 Family Division, and 62 Queen's Bench Division judges).[8]

Judge Mandatory retirement Date of appointment Division Role
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 Charles, Sir WilliamSir William Charles 25 March 2018 12 January 1998 Queen's Bench
Family[n 3]
President of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal and Vice President of the Court of Protection
4 Bodey, Sir DavidSir David Bodey 14 October 2017 12 January 1999 Family
5 Ouseley, Sir DuncanSir Duncan Ouseley 24 February 2020 2 November 2000 Queen's Bench
6 Mitting, Sir JohnSir John Mitting 8 October 2017 3 April 2001 Queen's Bench
7 Smith, Sir PeterSir Peter Smith 1 May 2022 15 April 2002 Chancery Currently refraining from sitting during disciplinary inquiry [9]
8 Pauffley, Dame AnnaDame Anna Pauffley 13 January 2026 1 October 2003 Family
9 Mann, Sir AnthonySir Anthony Mann 21 May 2021
19 January 2004 Chancery
10 Walker, Sir PaulSir Paul Walker 28 September 2024 15 November 2004 Queen's Bench
11 Warren, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Warren 20 May 2019
18 April 2005 Chancery
12 Openshaw, Sir PeterSir Peter Openshaw 21 December 2017 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench
13 Langstaff, Sir BrianSir Brian Langstaff 30 April 2018 3 October 2005 Queen's Bench
14 Teare, Sir NigelSir Nigel Teare 8 January 2022 2 October 2006 Queen's Bench
15 King, Sir TimothySir Timothy King 5 April 2019 29 January 2007 Queen's Bench
16 Morgan, Sir PaulSir Paul Morgan 17 August 2022 19 April 2007 Chancery
17 Norris, Sir AlastairSir Alastair Norris 17 December 2020 1 October 2007 Chancery
18 Foskett, Sir DavidSir David Foskett 19 March 2019 2 October 2007 Queen's Bench Judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench Civil List
19 Barling, Sir GeraldSir Gerald Barling 18 September 2019 5 November 2007 Chancery
20 Blake, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Blake 21 June 2019 16 November 2007 Queen's Bench
21 Coulson, Sir PeterSir Peter Coulson 31 March 2028 14 January 2008 Queen's Bench Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
22 Blair, Sir WilliamSir William Blair 31 March 2020 27 February 2008 Queen's Bench Judge in charge of the Commercial Court
23 Parker, Dame JudithDame Judith Parker 19 June 2020 13 June 2008 Family
24 Sweeney, Sir NigelSir Nigel Sweeney 18 March 2024 1 October 2008 Queen's Bench
25 Proudman, Dame SoniaDame Sonia Proudman 30 July 2019 1 October 2008 Chancery
26 Arnold, Sir RichardSir Richard Arnold 23 June 2031 1 October 2008 Chancery Judge in charge of the Patents Court
27 Slade, Dame ElizabethDame Elizabeth Slade 12 May 2019 9 October 2008 Queen's Bench
28 Holroyde, Sir TimothySir Timothy Holroyde 18 August 2025 13 January 2009 Queen's Bench Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
29 Nicol, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Nicol 9 May 2021 4 February 2009 Queen's Bench
30 Roth, Sir PeterSir Peter Roth 19 December 2022 1 October 2009 Chancery President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal
31 Baker, Sir JonathanSir Jonathan Baker 6 August 2025 2 November 2009 Family
32 Newey, Sir GuySir Guy Newey 21 January 2029 12 January 2010 Chancery Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
33 Davies, Dame NicolaDame Nicola Davies 13 March 2023 22 January 2010 Queen's Bench
34 Mostyn, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Mostyn 13 July 2027 20 April 2010 Family
35 Supperstone, Sir MichaelSir Michael Supperstone 30 March 2020 14 July 2010 Queen's Bench Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court
36 Spencer, Sir RobinSir Robin Spencer 8 July 2025 14 July 2010 Queen's Bench
37 Jackson, Sir PeterSir Peter Jackson 9 December 2025 1 October 2010 Family Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
38 Theis, Dame LucyDame Lucy Theis 6 November 2030 15 November 2010 Family
39 Globe, Sir HenrySir Henry Globe 18 June 2019 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
40 Hildyard, Sir RobertSir Robert Hildyard 10 October 2022 3 October 2011 Chancery
41 Popplewell, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Popplewell 14 January 2029 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
42 Singh, Sir RabinderSir Rabinder Singh 6 March 2034 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
43 Moor, Sir PhilipSir Philip Moor 15 July 2029 3 October 2011 Family
44 Lang, Dame BeverleyDame Beverley Lang 13 October 2025 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
45 Haddon-Cave, Sir CharlesSir Charles Haddon-Cave 20 March 2026 3 October 2011 Queen's Bench
46 Males, Sir StephenSir Stephen Males 24 November 2025 1 October 2012 Queen's Bench
47 Asplin, Dame SarahDame Sarah Asplin 16 September 2029 1 October 2012 Chancery Appointed as Lady Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
48 Stuart-Smith, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Stuart-Smith 18 January 2025 1 October 2012 Queen's Bench
49 Leggatt, Sir GeorgeSir George Leggatt 12 November 2027 26 October 2012 Queen's Bench Appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal from Autumn 2017[10]
50 Cobb, Sir StephenSir Stephen Cobb 12 April 2032 11 January 2013 Family
51 Turner, Sir MarkSir Mark Turner 27 August 2029 28 January 2013 Queen's Bench
52 Baker, Sir JeremySir Jeremy Baker 9 February 2028 25 March 2013 Queen's Bench
53 Stewart, Sir StephenSir Stephen Stewart 9 October 2023 7 May 2013 Queen's Bench
54 Birss, Sir ColinSir Colin Birss 28 December 2034 13 May 2013 Chancery
55 Rose, Dame VivienDame Vivien Rose 13 April 2030 13 May 2013 Chancery President of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
56 Keehan, Sir JosephSir Joseph Keehan 31 March 2030 13 May 2013 Family
57 Jay, Sir RobertSir Robert Jay 20 September 2029 4 June 2013 Queen's Bench
58 Dingemans, Sir JamesSir James Dingemans 25 June 2034 10 June 2013 Queen's Bench
59 Lewis, Sir CliveSir Clive Lewis 13 June 2030 13 June 2013 Queen's Bench
60 Carr, Dame SueDame Sue Carr 1 September 2034 14 June 2013 Queen's Bench
61 Hayden, Sir AnthonySir Anthony Hayden 24 June 2031 31 July 2013 Family
62 Nugee, Sir ChristopherSir Christopher Nugee 23 January 2029 1 October 2013 Chancery
63 Phillips, Sir StephenSir Stephen Phillips 10 October 2031 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
64 Andrews, Dame GeraldineDame Geraldine Andrews 19 April 2029 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
65 Green, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Green 15 October 2028 1 October 2013 Queen's Bench
66 Simler, Dame IngridDame Ingrid Simler 17 September 2033 28 October 2013 Queen's Bench President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal
67 Russell, Dame AlisonDame Alison Russell 17 June 2028 13 January 2014 Family
68 Laing, Dame ElisabethDame Elisabeth Laing 19 November 2026 29 April 2014 Queen's Bench
69 Davis, Sir WilliamSir William Davis 20 June 2024 1 May 2014 Queen's Bench
70 Newton, Sir RoderickSir Roderick Newton 15 April 2028 5 May 2014 Family
71 Roberts, Dame JenniferDame Jennifer Roberts 3 March 2023 3 June 2014 Family
72 Warby, Sir MarkSir Mark Warby 10 October 2028 10 June 2014 Queen's Bench
73 Edis, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Edis 9 June 2027 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
74 McGowan, Dame MauraDame Maura McGowan 27 January 2027 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
75 Goss, Sir JamesSir James Goss 12 May 2023 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
76 Knowles, Sir RobinSir Robin Knowles 7 April 2030 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
77 Dove, Sir IanSir Ian Dove 31 December 2033 1 October 2014 Queen's Bench
78 Gilbart, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Gilbart 13 February 2020 27 October 2014 Queen's Bench
79 Holgate, Sir DavidSir David Holgate 3 August 2026 1 December 2014 Queen's Bench President of the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
80 Snowden, Sir RichardSir Richard Snowden 22 March 2032 30 April 2015 Chancery
81 MacDonald, Sir AlistairSir Alistair MacDonald 22 February 2040 3 June 2015 Family
82 Kerr, Sir TimothySir Timothy Kerr 15 February 2028 4 June 2015 Queen's Bench
83 Picken, Sir SimonSir Simon Picken 23 April 2036 8 June 2015 Queen's Bench
84 Carr, Sir HenrySir Henry Carr 31 March 2028 1 October 2015 Chancery
85 Whipple, Dame PhilippaDame Philippa Whipple 7 May 2036 1 October 2015 Queen's Bench
86 Fraser, Sir PeterSir Peter Fraser 6 September 2033 1 October 2015 Queen's Bench
87 Garnham, Sir NeilSir Neil Garnham 11 February 2029 5 November 2015 Queen's Bench
88 Cheema-Grubb, Dame Parmjit-Kaur (Bobbie)Dame Parmjit-Kaur (Bobbie) Cheema-Grubb 6 October 2036 25 November 2015 Queen's Bench
89 Soole, Sir MichaelSir Michael Soole 8 July 2024 26 November 2015 Queen's Bench
90 May, Dame JulietDame Juliet May 21 March 2031 3 December 2015 Queen's Bench
91 Francis, Sir (Peter) NicholasSir (Peter) Nicholas Francis 22 April 2028 3 October 2016 Family
92 Morris, Sir StephenSir Stephen Morris 18 May 2027 3 October 2016 Queen's Bench
93 Jefford, Dame NerysDame Nerys Jefford 25 December 2032 3 October 2016 Queen's Bench
94 Lavender, Sir NicholasSir Nicholas Lavender 7 August 2034 3 October 2016 Queen's Bench
95 O'Farrell, Dame FinolaDame Finola O'Farrell 15 December 2030 17 October 2016 Queen's Bench
96 Baker, Sir AndrewSir Andrew Baker 21 December 2035 1 November 2016 Queen's Bench
97 Smith, Sir MarcusSir Marcus Smith 1 July 2037 12 January 2017 Chancery

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" (PDF). Equal Justice Initiative. April 2011. 
  8. ^ "List of Senior Judiciary". Judiciary of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/17/mr-justice-peter-smith-leave-bench-now
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal". www.judiciary.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-21.