Sir Rabinder Singh was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1989 and was in practice at the Bar from 1990 to 2011. He was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009. Before that, from 1986 to 1988, he was lecturer at the University of Nottingham.
He was on the Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown from 1992 to 2002 (on the A Panel from 2000). He was also Additional Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue from 1997 to 2002. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 2002. He chaired the Administrative Law Bar Association from 2006 to 2008.
From 2003 to 2011 he was a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court from 2004 to 2011. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division, now King’s Bench Division) in October 2011. He was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2013 to 2016 and the Administrative Court liaison judge for the Midland, Wales and Western circuits during 2017. In September 2018 he was appointed President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
He was a visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics from 2003 to 2009 and a Visiting Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 2016 to 2019; and has been an Honorary Professor of Law at Nottingham University since 2007. His publications include The Future of Human Rights in the UK (1997); (as co-author with Sir Jack Beatson and others) Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (2008); and The Unity of Law (2022).
He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2017.