Dame Philippa Whipple DBE read law at Merton College, Oxford from 1984-7. She then qualified as a solicitor and worked as an associate in the London offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 1993 she requalified as a barrister and after pupillage became a tenant at 1 Crown Office Row. As a barrister, she specialised in tax, medical and public law.
She took silk in 2010 and in the same year was appointed lead counsel to the Detainee Inquiry (chaired by Sir Peter Gibson).
She was appointed a Recorder (Crown Court) in 2005, and became a deputy High Court Judge (Administrative Court) in 2013. She was appointed a High Court Judge in 2015 and sits in the Queen’s Bench division.
She was appointed a judicial member of the Judicial Appointments Commission (“JAC”) in December 2016. She is a Bencher of Middle Temple and chairs the Inn’s Finance and Resources Committee.