Sarah Asplin

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Dame Sarah Jane Asplin DBE QC (born 16 September 1959) is a British judge who serves as a Justice of the High Court (Mrs Justice Asplin), one of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. She was granted the customary appointment as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.[1]


Asplin attended the Southampton Sixth Form College for Girls and read law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, earning a BA in Law in 1982 (MA (Cantab) 1986).[citation needed] She went on to complete her BCL at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Asplin was called to the bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1984 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2002[3] (Fitwilliam College's first female law graduate to be so appointed). She became the Head of Chambers at 3 Stone Buildings in 2009,[4] and was a deputy High Court Judge until her appointment to the High Court on 1 October 2012 as the Honourable Mrs Justice Asplin. She was assigned to the Chancery Division.[5]

On 3 February 2016, she granted a death certificate for the missing (and fugitive) Lord Lucan, who has not been seen for more than 40 years (although seven years is the legal requirement), on the presumption that he has died. His son, George Bingham, accordingly inherited the title of (8th) Earl of Lucan.[6]

On 22 February 2013, she was appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[7]


  1. ^ "No. 60439". The London Gazette. 5 March 2013. p. 4263. 
  2. ^ St Edmund Hall, Oxford
  3. ^ "No. 56538". The London Gazette. 16 April 2002. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Sarah Asplin QC appointed as Judge". 21 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Appointment of a High Court Judge: Asplin" (Press release). Ministry of Justice. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Boycott, Owen (3 February 2016). "Lord Lucan death certificate granted more than 40 years after disappearance". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ London Gazette notice of elevation of Mrs Justice Asplin to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE); accessed 8 December 2014.