Lady Justice Whipple

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Dame Philippa Whipple was admitted to the Roll as a solicitor in 1991 and for the early years of her career worked in the tax department of a city law firm. In 1994 she was called to the Bar by Middle Temple and practised from chambers at 1 Crown Office Row. She took silk in 2010 and continued to practice in a range of areas, including public law, medical law and tax.

Her judicial career started in 2005 when she was appointed a Recorder on the Western circuit to sit in crime. She became a deputy High Court Judge in 2013 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 2015, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division (now King’s Bench Division). She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2021 and took up her appointment from November of that year.

She was a Judicial Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission from 2016-2019, a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit from 2018 to 2021, she is a bencher of Middle Temple and an honorary fellow of Merton College, Oxford.