Five new Court of Appeal judges were appointed yesterday, only one of whom – Mrs Justice Carr – is a woman.
The other four were Mr Justice Arnold, Mr Justice Dingemans, Mr Justice Phillips and Mr Justice Popplewell.
All five went to private schools – although Phillips J attended a state primary school before being awarded a free place at the King’s School, Chester – and attended either Oxford or Cambridge.
The appointments will fill forthcoming vacancies in the Court of Appeal arising from autumn 2019.
Mr Justice Popplewell was a commercial barrister, called in 1981 and made a QC in 1997, joining the High Court bench in 2011. He was judge in charge of the Commercial Court in 2017-2018 as well as chairing a working group looking at the use of witness statements in the Business and Property Courts.
Mrs Justice Carr was called in 1987 and was a commercial barrister as well, with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance. She was appointed a QC in 2003 and is a former chair of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, as well as head of chambers at Four New Square. She was appointed to the High Court in 2013.
Mr Justice Phillips was called in 1984, specialising in banking and financial law. He became a QC in 2002 and then Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn in 2006. He joined the High Court in 2013 and has been the director of civil training at the Judicial College since 2014.
Mr Justice Dingemans, former head of 3 Hare Court, was called in 1987 and made a QC in 2002. He was leading counsel to the Hutton inquiry and acted for the Express and Star newspapers in the Leveson inquiry. He will be a judicial and appeal officer at the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Mr Justice Arnold read chemistry before training as a barrister, specialising in intellectual property law and allied fields. Called in 1985, he was appointed to the High Court in 2008 and become judge in charge of the Patents Court in April 2013.
The selection panel was chaired by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon. The other panel members were Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls; Lord Kakkar, chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC); Jane Furniss, a lay JAC commissioner and former board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and Professor Emily Jackson, a former lay commissioner.