Lord Justice Popplewell grew up in rural Buckinghamshire before attending Radley College. He was called to the Bar in 1981 and from 1982-2011 specialised in commercial law, including shipping, insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance, international trade, energy, civil fraud, financial services, arbitration, and professional negligence, together with some professional disciplinary, Consumer Credit Act, employment, defamation and public law work.
He was made a Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 1997 and a High Court Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division (now King’s Bench Division), authorised to sit in the Commercial Court and Administrative Court in 2011. As Chair of the Security Committee of the Judge’s Council, Mr Justice Popplewell oversaw the introduction of minimum safety standards in all court and tribunal hearing rooms at all levels across the country. He was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in 2017-2018 as well as chairing a working group looking at the use of witness statements in the Business & Property Courts.
Lord Justice Popplewell is a trustee of the London Library and enjoys fishing, particularly in remote locations in England and Alaska. He has 3 children who have all appeared on-screen in film productions.