List of High Court judges of England and Wales
- Lord Chief Justice
- President of the Queen's Bench Division
- President of the Family Division
- Chancellor of the High Court
- Senior Presiding Judge
- Vice-President of the Queen's Bench Division
In addition to the justices, Masters of the High Court (Queen's Bench Masters, Chancery Masters, Taxing Masters/Costs Judges) and Insolvency and Companies Court Judges also form part of the judiciary of the High Court. Decisions of justices, masters and of Insolvency and Companies Court Judges are of equal standing, both types being judges of the High Court sitting at first instance.
Within months of appointment, male justices are made knights bachelor, and female justices 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 2018 the last such Judge remaining in the High Court is Mr Justice Holman and the last remaining in the Court of Appeal is Lord Justice Longmore. In the Supreme Court the President Lady Hale, and Lady Arden, Lord Kerr and Lord Carnwath can similarly stay in post until they are 75.
List of judgesEdit
|Judge||Mandatory retirement||Date of appointment||Division||Role|
|1||Sir James Holman||21 August 2022[n 2]||18 March 1995||Family|
|2||Sir Anthony Mann||21 May 2021
||19 January 2004||Chancery|
|3||Sir Nigel Teare||8 January 2022||2 October 2006||Queen's Bench|
|4||Sir Paul Morgan||17 August 2022||19 April 2007||Chancery|
|5||Sir Nigel Sweeney||18 March 2024||1 October 2008||Queen's Bench|
|6||Sir Andrew Nicol||9 May 2021||4 February 2009||Queen's Bench|
|7||Sir Peter Roth||19 December 2022||1 October 2009||Chancery||President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal|
|8||Sir Nicholas Mostyn||13 July 2027||20 April 2010||Family|
|9||Sir Michael Supperstone||30 March 2020||14 July 2010||Queen's Bench||Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court|
|10||Sir Robin Spencer||8 July 2025||14 July 2010||Queen's Bench|
|11||Dame Lucy Theis||6 November 2030||15 November 2010||Family|
|12||Sir Robert Hildyard||10 October 2022||3 October 2011||Chancery|
|13||Dame Beverley Lang||13 October 2025||3 October 2011||Queen's Bench|
|14||Sir Philip Moor||15 July 2029||3 October 2011||Family|
|15||Sir Jeremy Stuart-Smith||18 January 2025||1 October 2012||Queen's Bench|
|16||Sir Stephen Cobb||12 April 2032||11 January 2013||Family|
|17||Sir Mark Turner||27 August 2029||28 January 2013||Queen's Bench|
|18||Sir Jeremy Baker||9 February 2028||25 March 2013||Queen's Bench|
|19||Sir Stephen Stewart||9 October 2023||7 May 2013||Queen's Bench||Judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench Civil List|
|20||Sir Colin Birss||28 December 2034||13 May 2013||Chancery||Judge in charge of the Patents Court|
|21||Sir Joseph Keehan||31 March 2030||13 May 2013||Family|
|22||Sir Robert Jay||20 September 2029||4 June 2013||Queen's Bench|
|23||Sir Clive Lewis||13 June 2030||13 June 2013||Queen's Bench|
|24||Dame Sue Carr||1 September 2034||14 June 2013||Queen's Bench|
|25||Sir Anthony Hayden||24 June 2031||31 July 2013||Family|
|26||Sir Christopher Nugee||23 January 2029||1 October 2013||Chancery|
|27||Dame Geraldine Andrews||19 April 2029||1 October 2013||Queen's Bench|
|28||Sir Stephen Phillips||10 October 2031||1 October 2013||Queen's Bench|
|29||Dame Alison Russell||17 June 2028||13 January 2014||Family|
|30||Dame Elisabeth Laing||19 November 2026||29 April 2014||Queen's Bench|
|31||Sir William Davis||20 June 2024||1 May 2014||Queen's Bench|
|32||Sir Roderick Newton||15 April 2028||5 May 2014||Family|
|33||Dame Jennifer Roberts||3 March 2023||3 June 2014||Family|
|34||Sir Mark Warby||10 October 2028||10 June 2014||Queen's Bench||Judge in charge of the Media & Communications List|
|35||Sir James Goss||12 May 2023||1 October 2014||Queen's Bench|
|36||Dame Maura McGowan||27 January 2027||1 October 2014||Queen's Bench|
|37||Sir Andrew Edis||9 June 2027||1 October 2014||Queen's Bench|
|38||Sir Robin Knowles||7 April 2030||1 October 2014||Queen's Bench|
|39||Sir Ian Dove||31 December 2033||1 October 2014||Queen's Bench|
|40||Sir David Holgate||3 August 2026||1 December 2014||Queen's Bench||Planning Liaison Judge|
|41||Sir Richard Snowden||22 March 2032||30 April 2015||Chancery|
|42||Sir Alistair MacDonald||22 February 2040||3 June 2015||Family|
|43||Sir Timothy Kerr||15 February 2028||4 June 2015||Queen's Bench|
|44||Sir Simon Picken||23 April 2036||8 June 2015||Queen's Bench|
|45||Sir Peter Fraser||6 September 2033||1 October 2015||Queen's Bench||Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court|
|46||Dame Philippa Whipple||7 May 2036||1 October 2015||Queen's Bench|
|47||Sir Neil Garnham||11 February 2029||5 November 2015||Queen's Bench|
|48||Dame Parmjit-Kaur (Bobbie) Cheema-Grubb||6 October 2036||25 November 2015||Queen's Bench|
|49||Sir Michael Soole||8 July 2024||26 November 2015||Queen's Bench|
|50||Dame Juliet May||21 March 2031||3 December 2015||Queen's Bench|
|51||Sir Stephen Morris||18 May 2027||3 October 2016||Queen's Bench|
|52||Sir (Peter) Nicholas Francis||22 April 2028||3 October 2016||Family|
|53||Dame Nerys Jefford||25 December 2032||3 October 2016||Queen's Bench|
|54||Sir Nicholas Lavender||7 August 2034||3 October 2016||Queen's Bench|
|55||Dame Finola O'Farrell||15 December 2030||17 October 2016||Queen's Bench|
|56||Sir Andrew Baker||21 December 2035||1 November 2016||Queen's Bench|
|57||Sir Marcus Smith||1 July 2037||12 January 2017||Chancery|
|58||Sir Jonathan Cohen||8 May 2021||2 October 2017||Family|
|59||Sir Peter Richard Lane||26 April 2023||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench||President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal|
|60||Sir Martin Spencer||19 June 2026||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|61||Dame (Jane) Clare Moulder||17 January 2030||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|62||Sir David Williams||18 June 2031||2 October 2017||Family|
|63||Sir Julian Goose||26 July 2031||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|64||Dame Gwyneth Knowles||11 July 2032||2 October 2017||Family|
|65||Sir Simon Bryan||23 November 2035||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|66||Sir Akhlaq Choudhury||23 April 2037||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench||President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal|
|67||Sir Julian Knowles||26 January 2039||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|68||Dame Amanda Yip||23 April 2039||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|69||Sir Matthew Nicklin||16 October 2040||2 October 2017||Queen's Bench|
|70||Dame Sara Cockerill||7 November 2038||1 November 2017||Queen's Bench|
|71||Sir Antony Zacaroli||10 May 2033||13 November 2017||Chancery||President of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal|
|72||Dame Christina Lambert||15 August 2033||11 January 2018||Queen's Bench|
|73||Sir Timothy Fancourt||30 August 2034||11 January 2018||Chancery||President of the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal|
|74||Sir Christopher Butcher||14 August 2032||5 March 2018||Queen's Bench|
|75||Sir Richard Jacobs||21 December 2026||25 June 2018||Queen's Bench|
|76||Sir David Waksman||28 August 2027||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|77||Sir Edward Murray||3 May 2028||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|78||Dame Sarah Falk||31 May 2032||1 October 2018||Chancery|
|79||Dame Johanna Cutts||12 January 2034||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|80||Sir Jonathan Swift||11 September 2034||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|81||Dame Judith Farbey||21 October 2035||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench||President of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal|
|82||Sir Edward Pepperall||26 December 2036||1 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|83||Sir Clive Freedman||16 November 2025||22 October 2018||Queen's Bench|
|84||Dame Nathalie Lieven||20 May 2034||11 January 2019||Family|
|85||Dame Justine Thornton||16 September 2040||25 February 2019||Queen's Bench|
|86||Dame Frances Judd||13 February 2031||3 September 2019||Family|
|87||Dame Alison Foster||22 January 2027||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|88||Sir William Trower||28 December 2029||1 October 2019||Chancery|
|89||Sir John Cavanagh||17 June 2030||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|90||Sir Martin Griffiths||27 April 2032||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|91||Dame Jennifer Eady||31 May 2035||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|92||Sir Pushpinder Saini||26 February 2038||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|93||Dame Karen Steyn||20 October 2040||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|94||Sir Jeremy Johnson||≈2041||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|95||Sir Martin Chamberlain||25 November 2043||1 October 2019||Queen's Bench|
|96||Sir Nicholas Hilliard||1 May 2029||18 November 2019||Queen's Bench|
On 15 November 2019 it was announced that Andrew Henshaw QC and Amanda Tipples QC have been appointed as High Court Judges, with both being appointed to the Queen's Bench Division. They will take up their appointments on 2 December 2019. It is expected that 4 further appointments will be announced in the coming months.
- The Senior Courts Act 1981 specifies 80, but that has been amended (without changing the act's text) by The Maximum number of Judges Order 2003 to 108. High Court judges sitting on the European Court of Human Rights do not count against the total under the Human Rights Act 1998, and judges sitting on other courts are excluded by virtue of the Access to Justice Act 1999. 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. Such seconded judges do not receive a salary as a judge of High Court.
- Mandatory retirement for Holman J is at 75, rather than 70, because he was appointed before 31 March 1995.
- Senior Courts Act 1981, s 4(1).
- "Coral Reef decision". uk.practicallaw.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
- 2003/775 art 2.
- s 18(4).
- s 68(3).
- "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)
- Whitehead, Tom (28 April 2009). "Quotas could be introduced for judges to increase ethnic minorities and women". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "England and Wales—Women Judges in 2000 and 2011" (PDF). Equal Justice Initiative. April 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04.
- "High Court: Retirement of The Honourable Sir Alastair Hubert Norris". www.judiciary.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
- "List of Senior Judiciary". Judiciary of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- "High Court Judge Appointment". www.judiciary.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-15.