Lady Justice Carr grew up in Surrey, attending Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire, before reading law at Trinity College, Cambridge. She was called to the Bar in 1987 and then practised as a barrister, specialising in general commercial law with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 2003. She became Chair of the Professional Negligence Bar Association in 2007, Chair of the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee in 2008 and was appointed Complaints Commissioner to the International Criminal Court in the Hague in 2011 before becoming Head of Chambers at Four New Square.
Appointed to the High Court Bench, Queen’s Bench Division (now King’s Bench Division) in June 2013, Lady Justice Carr became a nominated Judge of the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court in 2014. She was a member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal from 2014 to 2016 when she became a Presider of the Midland Circuit, a position that she held from 2016 to 2020.
She was sworn in as a Lady Justice of the Court of Appeal in April 2020. From August 2020 – January 2023 she was the senior judicial commissioner and Vice Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
Lady Justice Carr is married and has 3 children. She is fluent in French and German. She was formerly a keen actress, including with the Bar Theatrical Society, and currently sings with the Bar Choral Society.