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 Simon Barker QC
HHJ Simon Barker QC was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1979 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. He was a Recorder from 1995 to 2010 authorised to sit in Criminal, Civil, Family, and Chancery cases. In 2010 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge authorised to sit in the Chancery Division. He is also authorised to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division (including the Mercantile, the Technology and Construction, and the Administrative Courts), the Family Court (Private and Public Law cases), and the Court of Protection. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA 1976 and FCA 1982).
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 Patrick McCahill QC
HHJ Patrick McCahill QC was called to the Bar in 1975 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He practised in Birmingham from Priory Chambers (formerly known as 2 Fountain Court) and then from St Philips Chambers, where he was a Deputy Head of Chambers. He was a Recorder from 1997 to 2001, when he was appointed a Circuit Judge on the Midland Circuit, hearing Criminal, Civil, Mercantile and Chancery cases. In 2007 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge authorised to sit in the Chancery Division and was based in Bristol, until his return to Birmingham in February 2017. He is also authorised to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division (including the Mercantile, the Technology and Construction, and the Administrative Courts) and as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal in the Immigration and Asylum and Property Chambers. He has been a Member of the Parole Board and a Course Director for the Judicial College Civil training courses for the Specialist Jurisdictions. In 2014, he was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
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 Mary Stacey
Professional: Trained as a solicitor at Clifford Chance and qualified in 1987, and became a partner at Simons, Muirhead & Burton in 1990. Moved to Thompsons solicitors in 1992 and became partner and Head of Equal Rights Department. Judicial: Appointed as a fee-paid Employment Judge 1997 and salaried Employment Judge 2003. Appointed as deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee 2000, Recorder 2007, Circuit Judge (Midlands Circuit) 2014, Assistant Certification Officer 2016, visiting Circuit Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal 2017, Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division 2018. Publications: Editorial Advisory Board of Sweet & Maxwell Encyclopaedia of Employment Law; co-author Discrimination Law Handbook 2002 and 2007 editions.
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.
Publications: Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators & Probate (20th ed., 2014: Sweet & Maxwell) (21st ed. in progress) Theobald on Wills (18th Ed. 2016; Sweet & Maxwell)