New Presiding Judges appointed

The Lord Chief Justice, in concurrence with the Lord Chancellor, has announced the appointment of four Presiding Judges.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb has been appointed to the South Eastern Circuit where she will succeed Mr Justice Stuart-Smith.

Mr Justice Garnham has been appointed to the Western Circuit where he will succeed Mr Justice Dingemans

Mr Justice Lavender has been appointed to the North Eastern Circuit where he will succeed Mr Justice Males.

Mrs Justice Whipple has been appointed to the South Eastern Circuit where she will succeed Mr Justice Green.

The appointment of Mrs Justice Whipple is made from the summer of 2018 to 31 December 2021. The appointments of Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, Mr Justice Garnham and Mr Justice Lavender are made from 1 January 2019, when the current Presiding Judges step down, to 31 December 2022

Notes for Editors:

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1989 and took Silk in 2013; She was appointed a Recorder in 2007, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010 and a High Court Judge in 2015.

Mr Justice Garnham was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1982 and took Silk in 2001.  He was appointed a Recorder in 1999, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008 and a High Court Judge in 2015.

Mr Justice Lavender was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1989 and took Silk in 2008.  He was appointed a Recorder in 2010, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013 and a High Court Judge in 2016.

Mrs Justice Whipple was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1994 after being admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and took Silk in 2010.  She was appointed a Recorder in 2005, and a High Court Judge in 2015.

Presiding Judges are responsible for the deployment of the judiciary and allocation of cases on their Circuit.  They also have a responsibility for general supervision of judges on their circuits.

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