High Court Judge Appointment (Queen’s Bench Division): Choudhury

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury QC to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017 consequential to the elevation of Sir Gary Robert Hickinbottom to the Court of Appeal.

The Lord Chief Justice will assign Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury to the Queen’s Bench Division.

Notes to editors

Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury, aged 50, he will be known as The Honourable Mr Justice Choudhury. He was called to the Bar (I) in 1992 and took Silk in 2015. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016.

Sir Gary Robert Hickinbottom, aged 61, was admitted as a Solicitor in 1981 and a Solicitor Advocate (all courts) in 1997; and made a Bencher of Middle Temple, in 2009. In 1994, he was appointed as a Parking Adjudicator and, in the same year, he became an Assistant Recorder. He became a Recorder in 1998, a Circuit Judge in 2000 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2001. He was appointed as Chief Social Security and Child Support Commissioner in 2003, Chief Pension Appeals Commissioner in 2005, Designated Civil Judge for Wales in 2007, and became the first President of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal in 2008. He was appointed as Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division in January 2009 and as a Lord Justice of Appeal in March 2017.

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