Lord Justice Jonathan Baker was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1978. He practised principally in family law, specialising in children’s cases, and was appointed a QC (now KC) in 2001. He sat as an Assistant Recorder from 1998, as a Recorder in 2000 and as a Deputy High Court Judge from 2003. In 2009, he was appointed a High Court Judge assigned to the Family Division. From 2011 to 2017, he was Family Division Liaison Judge for the Western Circuit. From 2016 to 2018, he was judge in charge of appeals to the Family Division.
From 2017 to 2018, he was Senior Family Liaison Judge, in which capacity he has acted as Chair of the Family Procedure Rules Committee and of the Family Justice Council. He also sat as a judge of the Court of Protection and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Court of Protection Law Reports and General Editor of the Court of Protection Practice.
He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal on 2 October 2018.