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Queen’s Bench Masters

Updated: Jan 2020

Master Cook

David Cook was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1982.

Master David CookIn 2005 he became an accredited mediator and was appointed a legally qualified member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP) before being appointed a fee paid tribunal judge of the first-tier (social entitlement) tribunal in 2008.

In 2009 he was elected a bencher of Grays Inn. He was appointed as a full time Master of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2011 since which time he has been one of the assigned Masters dealing with the case management of clinical negligence claims proceeding within the Royal Courts of Justice.

In 2018 he was appointed as a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee.

He is a contributor to Burton on Civil Appeals 2nd Edition, Powers and Barton on Clinical Negligence 5th Edition and a contributing editor to the White Book.

Master Davison

Master Davison was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1982 and practised as a barrister until 2016.  He was appointed a part time Employment Judge in 2000 and a Recorder in 2004.

He was appointed a Master of the Queen’s Bench Division in February 2016.

Master Roger EastmanMaster Eastman

Roger Eastman was called to the Bar in 1978. He practised at the common law Bar from Henderson Chambers in the Temple. He has been a Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2001. In 2004 he was appointed a Deputy District Judge and a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master.

He became a full-time Queen’s Bench Master in May 2009 and has since then covered the full range of QB matters, but with specialities dealing with asbestos disease and clinical negligence litigation.

He is a contributing editor to the White Book and edits “Pleadings without Tears” for OUP. He contributes to Atkin’s Court Forms on Enforcement and Interpleader.

Senior Master Barbara FontaineSenior Master Fontaine

Barbara Fontaine was appointed the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division and Queen’s Remembrancer on 20 October 2014.

She was educated at Stockport High School for Girls and read law at King’s College London. She completed articles with Bird & Bird, qualifying as a solicitor in 1978.

After qualification she specialised in commercial litigation in City of London firms Hill Dickinson & Co and Coward (later Clifford) Chance, and as partner in Baker & Mackenzie, based in the Hong Kong office.

She was appointed a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master in 1997 and a Queen’s Bench Master in 2003. She was made an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in October 2015.

She is a general and contributing editor to the White Book, consulting editor for Practical Law, a general advisory editor of Atkin’s Court Forms.

Master Gidden

Mark was appointed Master of the Administrative Court in October 2012.

He had previously served as a solicitor in the Government Legal Service which he joined from private practice in 1991 and with whom he held a variety of prosecution & public law litigation posts culminating in the role of Director of the Legal team to the Departments of Work and Pensions and Health.

Mark divides his sitting time between the Administrative Court and the Queen’s Bench Division.

Master McCloud

Dr Victoria McCloud was appointed as a Master of the Senior Courts Queen’s Bench Division in 2010, having been a Deputy Costs Judge/Taxing Master since 2006.

She was re-appointed to sit additionally as a Costs Judge/Taxing Master sitting at the Senior Courts Costs Office in 2017.

Master Sullivan

Lisa Sullivan was appointed as a Queen’s Bench Master in December 2019. She was educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds and Balliol College, Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1997.

She initially had a general civil practice then specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury.

She was appointed a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master in 2015. She is one of the clinical negligence Masters.

Master Thornett

Master Thornett qualified as a solicitor in 1990 at a commercial firm of solicitors and was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1991. He had a general civil practice for the first 10 years as a Barrister and thereafter specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence.

He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2008 and assigned to the Central London region of County Courts.

He was appointed as a full time Master of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2016. Since 2011 he has been the editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s online Personal Injury Bulletin.

Master Yoxall

Master Yoxall was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1975. He was appointed a Deputy Master in the Queen’s Bench Division in 1997, and a Master in 2002.

He has been an editor of the White Book since 2004 and has been an editor of the Judgments volume in Atkin’s Court Forms. He is one of the clinical negligence Masters.