The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of two Justices of the High Court. The appointments will take effect from 1 October 2018. It is anticipated that a further three appointments will be announced in the coming months.
The two candidates approved as High Court Judges are Jonathan Swift QC and Edward Pepperall QC.
These appointments will fill vacancies in the High Court following elevations to the Court of Appeal and confirmed retirements. For further information regarding the number of applicants and number of recommended candidates, please see the JAC website:
Jonathan Swift QC
Jonathan Swift QC, aged 53, will be known as The Honourable Mr Justice Jonathan Swift. He was Called to the Bar (I) in 1989 and took Silk in 2010. He was appointed a Recorder in 2011, and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. He will take up appointment on 1 October 2018 consequential to the elevation of Lord Justice Leggatt to the Court of Appeal.
The Lord Chief Justice will assign Jonathan Swift QC to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Edward Brian Pepperall QC
Edward Brian Pepperall QC, aged 51, will be known as The Honourable Mr Justice Pepperall. He was Called to the Bar (L) in 1989 and took Silk in 2013. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. He will take up appointment on 1 October 2018 consequential to the retirement of Sir William Charles.
The Lord Chief Justice will assign Edward Pepperall QC to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Read more about the new appointments through their biographies here