Supreme Court and Court of Appeal replenish ranks with string of new appointments

Arden: Can sit for four more years

Ten senior judicial appointments were announced yesterday, with Lady Justice Arden becoming the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

She will take up the post in October along with Lord Justice Kitchen, following the retirements of her husband, Lord Mance, and Lord Hughes, while Lord Justice Sales will join them after Lord Sumption retires at the end of the year.

Dame Mary Arden, a Cambridge graduate, was called to the Bar in 1971, became a QC in 1986, and was appointed to the High Court in 1993, as the first woman judge assigned to the Chancery Division. She has sat in the Court of Appeal since 2000.

She is 71 and can sit until she is 75 as she was appointed a judge before the retirement age was lowered to 70.

Sir David Kitchen, also a Cambridge graduate, is 63. He was called in 1977, became a QC in 1994 and joined the High Court bench in 2005. He specialised in intellectual property.

He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011 and was responsible for the supervision of intellectual property appeals.

At the age of 56, Sir Philip Sales has a long future in the court. He read law at both Oxford and Cambridge, before being called in 1985. He was appointed First Treasury Junior Counsel in 1997 and took on his first judicial role two years later, before becoming a QC in 2006.

He continued to act in the re-named post of First Treasury Counsel Common Law until his appointment to the High Court in 2008. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2014.

Meanwhile, seven new Court of Appeal judges have been promoted from the High Court bench in light of the appointment of Sir Andrew McFarlane as the president of the Family Division, the appointments to the Supreme Court and retirements from the Court of Appeal:

  • Sir Jonathan Baker, a family law and Court of Protection specialist;
  • Dame Nicola Davies, a medical law specialist who trained as a solicitor before being called to the Bar. She represented Dr Harold Shipman at his criminal trial. She will be the first Welsh woman to be appointed as a Lady Justice of Appeal;
  • Sir Nicholas Green, a former chairman of the Bar Council who specialised in European, commercial and constitutional law, who has also been appointed the new chairman of the Law Commission;
  • Sir Charles Haddon-Cave, who practised in shipping, aviation and commercial law and represented all the victims of the Herald of Free Enterprise/ Zeebrugge disaster, the Marchioness disaster and the Kegworth Air crash;
  • Sir Stephen Males, who specialises in commercial law and arbitration;
  • Dame Vivien Rose, who spent 10 years in private practice as a barrister specialising in domestic and EU competition law before joining the Government Legal Service in 1996; and
  • Dame Ingrid Simler, was born in South Africa and emigrated to London as a child, becoming a British citizen in 1981. She is currently president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in 2016 was appointed to the Civil Executive Team to provide support to the Master of the Rolls for the oversight of civil justice and implementation of the reform programme as it affects civil justice.

The new Lords Justice Baker, Davies and Males were the first members of their families to go to university and become a lawyer.

The maximum size of the High Court bench is 108; the judiciary’s website currently lists 93, including the seven who are about to be elevated.

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