High Court Judges

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Find out more below about the High Court Judges of the Chancery Division

Mrs Justice Bacon

Mrs Justice Bacon was called to the Bar in 1998. She became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017. She was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division in October 2020. She is the youngest woman ever to be appointed as a full time High Court Judge. In February 2022, she was appointed as the President of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber). She also hears cases in the Patents Court.

Clerk: Mimi Plastiras
Contact: mimi.plastiras@justice.gov.uk

Mrs Justice Falk

Mrs Justice Falk qualified as a solicitor at the city firm Freshfields in 1986. She became a partner there in 1994. In 2015 she was appointed as a fee-paid deputy judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber). From then until her appointment to the High Court she sat regularly in the First-tier Tax Tribunal as well as the Upper Tribunal, while continuing to work in a consulting capacity at Freshfields. She was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division in 2018. She also hears cases in the Patents Court and the Financial List.

Clerk: Supriya Saleem
Contact: supriya.saleem@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Fancourt

Mr Justice Fancourt was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1987. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. In 2009 he became a Recorder (Crime) in 2009. He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013 and as a High Court Judge assigned to the Chancery Division in 2017. He was President of the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal from 2019 to 2022. He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster in 2021, and Supervising Judge in the North and North-East. He also hears cases in the Patents Court.

Clerk: Steven Brilliant
Contact: steven.brilliant@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Michael Green

Mr Justice Michael Green was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1987. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. In 2019, he sat as a High Court Judge in the Commercial Court of the British Virgin Islands. He was appointed as a High Court Judge, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2019.

Clerk: Olivia Jay
Contact: olivia.jay@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Hildyard

Mr Justice Hildyard was called to the Bar (by the Inner Temple) in 1977. He was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Chancery) from 1992 to 1994 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He was a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel from 2002 to 2006. He was a deputy judge of the High Court from 2001 until 2011, and the Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster from 2006 to 2011. He became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2011. He also hears cases in the Financial List.

Clerk: Salma Begum
Contact: salma.begum@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Adam Johnson

Mr Justice Adam Johnson qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith in 1990. He became a partner in 1997. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017 and Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. He became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2021.

Clerk: Casey Ford
Contact: casey.ford@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Edwin Johnson

Mr Justice Edwin Johnson was called to the Bar in 1987. He specialised in all aspects of real property law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2021.

Clerk: Lewis Hill
Contact: lewis.hill@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Leech

Mr Justice Leech was called to the Bar in 1988. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010. In 2014, he became a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. He became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2019 and was appointed a High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in 2021.

Clerk: Paul Byrne
Contact: paul.byrne1@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Meade

Mr Justice Meade was called to the Bar in 1991. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. He became a Recorder in 2009 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2011. He became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2020. He is the Judge in charge of Intellectual Property and he also sits in the Patents Court.

Clerk: Pauline Drewett
Contact: Pauline.drewett@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Mellor

Mr Justice Mellor was called to the Bar in 1986. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge 2020, as an Appointed Person, Trademark Tribunals in 2015 and as an Appointed Person Design Tribunals in 2015. He was a member of the disability panel of the Bar Council from 1999 until 2005. He became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2021. He also sits in the Patents Court.

Clerk: Susan Woolley
Contact: susan.woolley@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Miles

Mr Justice Miles was called to the Bar in 1987. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2006. He became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2020. He also hears cases in the Financial List.

Clerk: Hannah Wood
Contact: hannah.wood@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Roth

Mr Justice Roth was called to the Bar in 1977. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He was appointed a Recorder in 2000. He became a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, in 2009. He is the former President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, having been succeeded by Mr Justice Marcus Smith in November 2021, and is currently President of the European Association of Competition Law Judges.

Clerk: Ava Tranter
Contact: ava.tranter@justice.gov.uk

Mrs Justice Joanna Smith

Mrs Justice Joanna Smith was called to the Bar in 1990. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009, and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017. She became a Judge of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, in 2021. She also sits in the Technology and Construction Court and the Patents Court. She has been the Chair of the Tribunal Procedure Committee since 2020.

Clerk: Caroline Reid
Contact: caroline.reid@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Marcus Smith

Mr Justice Marcus Smith was called to the Bar in 1991. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010. He was appointed as a fee-paid Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2009. He became a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, in 2017. In November 2021, he succeeded Mr Justice Roth as the President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He also hears cases in the Financial List.

Clerk: Wendy Simpson
Contact: wendy.simpson@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Trower

Mr Justice Trower was called to the Bar in 1983. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007. He became a High Court Judge assigned to the Chancery Division in 2019.

Clerk: Jas Kahlon
Contact: jas.kahlon@justice.gov.uk

Mr Justice Zacaroli

Mr Justice Zacaroli was called to the Bar in 1987. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He was appointed a High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in 2017. He is currently the Supervising Judge in the Midlands, Wales and South-West. He also hears cases in the Patents Court and the Financial List.

Clerk: Gwilym Morris
Contact: Gwilym.morris@justice.gov.uk