The Queen has appointed Melissa Emma Benson Barlow to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon.
The Lord Chief Justice has deployed her to the Western Circuit, based at Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre with effect from 12 October 2020.
Melissa Emma Benson Barlow, aged 53, will be known as Her Honour Judge Barlow. She was called to the Bar (M) in 1991. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2016.