Dame Ingrid Simler was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1987, having read law at Cambridge University, and completed a post-graduate diploma in EU law at the Europa Institute, University of Amsterdam. She practised at the Bar at Devereux Chambers (where she became Head of Chambers before becoming a judge). She was appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel A in 2001 and as Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue (Common Law) in 2002. She took silk in 2006.
In 2002 she was appointed Recorder on the South East circuit. She was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010.
She became a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division, now King’s Bench Division)) in October 2013. In January 2015 she was appointed President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal for a three year term which ended on 31 December 2018.
Having served as High Court Liaison Judge for Diversity she was appointed chair of the Diversity Committee of the Judges’ Council in 2019. She is also a member of the Civil Executive Team chaired by the Deputy Head of Civil Justice, reporting to the Master of the Rolls.
She was sworn in as a Lady Justice of the Court of Appeal in June 2019.