Mark Hedley

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Sir Mark Hedley, DL (born 23 August 1946) is a British retired judge. He was a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Hedley was born on 23 August 1946 in London, England.[1][2] He was brought up in Africa.[2] He was educated at Framlingham College, then an all-boys independent school.[1] He studied law at the University of Liverpool, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.[1][2]

Legal career[edit]

Hedley was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1969 and made a bencher in 2002. He was appointed a Recorder in 1988 and a circuit judge for the Northern Circuit in 1992.[3] On 11 January 2002, he was appointed a High Court judge,[4] receiving the customary knighthood, and assigned to the Family Division. He retired on 10 January 2013.[5]

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

Since 1975, Hedley has been a Reader (licensed lay minister) of the Church of England. In 2002, he was appointed Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool.[1]


On 27 April 2015, Hedley was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Merseyside.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d 'HEDLEY, Sir Mark', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 18 Oct 2017
  2. ^ a b c Elston, Laura (8 October 2004). "Judge who had to make the final decision". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Hon Mr Justice Hedley". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ "No. 56455". The London Gazette. 16 January 2001. p. 541.
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  6. ^ "No. 61214". The London Gazette. 30 April 2015. p. 7986.