Sir Marcus Smith
Sir Marcus Smith was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2010. He was appointed a chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2009 and was the chair of the Appeals Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority between 2015 and 2017. He was appointed a Justice of the High Court , Chancery Division, in January 2017. In that capacity, he continues to sit as a chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is also authorised to sit as a judge of the Financial List; as a judge of the Patents Court; as a judge of the Administrative Court; and as a judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery). Marcus is the Business and Property Courts Supervising Judge for the Midland, Western and Wales Circuits, and regularly sits in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and other courts on these circuits. Marcus is the author of many legal texts and articules, most notably The Law of Assignment, now in its third edition with OUP, one of the leading texts on intangible property.
HHJ David Cooke
HHJ David Cooke qualified as a solicitor at Pinsent & Co (now Pinsent Masons) in Birmingham in 1981 and was made a partner in 1982. He worked in corporate finance, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and corporate insolvency and was for a number of years head of the firm’s banking department. He was appointed as a District Judge in Birmingham in 2001 and a Senior Circuit Judge specialising in Chancery matters in 2008. HHJ Cooke is authorised to sit as a Judge of the High Court in the Chancery Division, and also in the Queen’s Bench Division (with specific authorisation to sit in the Mercantile Court, the TCC, the Administrative Court and the Planning Court) and, for property related matters, in the Family Division. He is also assigned as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal in the Immigration and Asylum and the Tax and Chancery Chambers. HHJ Cooke was a member of the Judicial Pensions Committee from 2004 to 2015, and has since 2015 been a member of the Judicial Pensions Board.
HHJ Brian Rawlings
HHJ Brian Rawlings qualified as a solicitor in 1986. On qualification he moved to the Birmingham office of what was then Edge & Ellison, spending his first 2 years working in commercial litigation. Thereafter he specialised in Contentious Corporate Insolvency, Corporate and Banking work. In 1997 he moved to the Birmingham offices of Eversheds LLP where he continued to undertake Contentious Corporate Insolvency, Corporate and Banking work. In 2000 he was granted Higher Rights of audience entitling him to appear in the Higher Civil Courts and in 2001 he obtained a License to practice as an Insolvency Practitioner.
In 2008 he was appointed as a Chancery Recorder to the North Eastern circuit based, principally in Leeds. In December 2015 he was appointed as Designated Civil Judge for Staffordshire and Shropshire and was authorised to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Thereafter, in June 2018 he was authorised to sit in the Chancery Division of the High Court
HHJ Sarah Watson
HHJ Sarah Watson qualified as a solicitor in 1987 at Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer). In 1989 she joined the Birmingham office of Edge Ellison (now Squire Patton Boggs) and became a partner there in 1994. Her practice was in commercial litigation. She acted in disputes involving construction and engineering, commercial contracts, corporate finance, and professional negligence. She was an accredited mediator, specialising in engineering disputes. She was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2001, a District Judge in 2007, and a Specialist Circuit Judge in 2017. She is the designated Technology and Construction Court Judge in Birmingham. She is authorised to sit as a Judge of the High Court in the Technology and Construction Court, the Circuit Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. She is a course tutor for the Judicial College Civil training course.
HHJ David Worster
HHJ Worster was called to the Bar in 1980 and practised in Birmingham from 7, Fountain Court and then from St Philips Chambers. Much of his work was in the Birmingham Mercantile and Chancery Courts. He was a member of the AG’s Panel from 1995-2007. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2001, a Circuit Judge in 2008 and a Senior Circuit Judge in 2017. He is the designated Mercantile Judge for Birmingham. He is authorised to sit as a Judge of the High Court in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions, the Mercantile Court and the Administrative Court. He is assigned as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber. He is a Course Director for the Judicial College Civil training courses, and a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
HHJ Richard Williams
HHJ Richard Williams qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He worked at Eversheds LLP advising corporate and trustee clients in respect of both contentious and non-contentious pensions and trust law including: (i) High Court pensions litigation involving funding disputes, professional negligence, interpretation and rectification of pension scheme governing documents, estoppel and applications for Part 64 directions/compromises (ii) applications before the Pensions Ombudsman and the Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman (iii) corporate insolvencies, outsourcings, disposals, re-organisations and capital reductions including seeking Pensions Regulator approval. He was appointed as a District Judge in Birmingham in 2010 specialising in Chancery/BPC matters and a Circuit Judge in 2018. HHJ Williams is authorised to sit as a Judge of the High Court in the Chancery Division. He is also authorised to sit as a Circuit Judge in the Financial Remedies Court.
HHJ Delia Truman
HHJ Delia Truman trained as a solicitor with a long-established Midlands firm then known as Haden & Stretton. She subsequently became a partner in the firm’s Civil Litigation Department. She was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2000 and became a District Judge in 2005, developing a great interest in Chancery work and becoming one of the Specialist Chancery/BPC District Judges at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre. She became a Circuit Judge in 2018, and deals with a wide variety of Civil cases, including BPC work in the County Court. She formerly served as a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee.
District Judge Emma Kelly
District Judge Emma Kelly was called to the Bar in 1997. She practised in Birmingham from 1 Fountain Court and then, following merger, from St Philips Chambers. Much of her practice involved Chancery matters and, in particular, property litigation. She was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2010 and District Judge in 2015. Shortly after her salaried appointment, she was authorised to sit as a then Chancery District Judge thereafter becoming a Business and Property Courts District Judge. In 2018 she was appointed a Recorder on the Midland Circuit and is authorised to hear Criminal and Civil cases (including cases proceeding in the County Court as Business and Property Courts work.) In 2019 she was ticketed to hear intellectual property small claims cases proceeding in the Birmingham BPC IP list. She is an Appraisal DJ, Training DJ and Mentor Judge.
District Judge Daryl Shorthose
District Judge Daryl Shorthose was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 having completed a training contract at Shoosmiths & Harrison in Northampton. He worked in banking litigation, insolvency and general civil litigation before moving to Birmingham in 1996 to specialise in insolvency and restructuring with a number of local firms including Gateley Wareing, Hammond Suddards Edge, Shoosmiths, Cobbetts and DWF. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2010 and then as a District Judge sitting full time at Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre in May 2014. He was authorised to sit as a Chancery District Judge in December 2014 and appointed as a specialist BPC District Judge with effect from the opening of the BPC in Birmingham on 6 July 2017. He is also a Diversity Mentor Judge, Training and Appraisal Judge and JAC Pool Judge
District Judge Anthony Rich
District Judge Anthony Rich TD qualified as a solicitor in 1981. On qualifying he took up a litigation post in the City of London, whilst gaining an MA in International Business Law. After a further post in London he moved in 1986 to Birmingham to join Cartwright & Lewis, solicitors, where in due course he was elected as The Senior Partner. He left private for public practice in 2004 becoming General Counsel (or equivalent) in a number of public authorities. His last post before appointment as a full time District Judge was as General Counsel to the Legal Ombudsman. In 2012 he was appointed a District Judge. DJ Rich is fluent in French & German. His other duties including acting as a Training DJ, as a personal injury/ clinical negligence specialist DJ and as a Diversity & Community Relations Judge.
District Judge Robert Talog-Davies
District Judge Robert Talog-Davies was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996 having been articled at the Firm of William Jones and Talog-Davies, Ruthin, North Wales. Practised in the North Wales area for the length of my career as a Solicitor and specialised in Chancery work for a significant proportion of that time. Appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2007 and a District Judge in 2018, becoming a BPC Judge in 2019.
District Judge Augustine Rouine
District Judge Augustine Rouine was admitted as a solicitor in 1991. He practised for most of that time as a general commercial litigator, but with a particular interest in contentious construction work. He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2005 and a District Judge in 2012. He has been a BPC District Judge in Birmingham since 2017 and also sits as a Regional Costs Judge.
Publications: Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators & Probate (20th ed., 2014: Sweet & Maxwell) (21st ed. in progress) Theobald on Wills (18th Ed. 2016; Sweet & Maxwell)