An insurance litigator has become only the second chartered legal executive to become a judge since appointments were opened up in 2008.
Simon Lindsey, an associate partner at defendant insurance firm Greenwoods in Hampshire, has been appointed a deputy district judge on the South Eastern Circuit.
He joins Ian Ashley-Smith, who was appointed to the same post in 2010. In 2008 the law was changed to allow chartered legal executives to apply for a range of court and tribunal appointments.
Mr Lindsey became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1990, and with more than 25 years’ litigation experience, he now primarily works on industrial disease, employer’s and public liability and catastrophic injury cases.
Mr Lindsey said he felt privileged to have been selected: “I also recognise that as one of the first wave of chartered legal executives in this role, it carries with it a considerable responsibility. After many years in the law I was at a point where I wanted to take a new path which still made use of the experience I accrued in private practice. A judicial role has been very much the route to achieving this.”
CILEx president, Stephen Gowland said: “This is great news for Mr Lindsey and we congratulate him on his appointment. Acting in a judicial capacity is one of the ways in which our members can make a significant contribution to the legal profession, legal services and the public interest.
“CILEx works closely with the Judicial Appointments Commission to support Chartered Legal Executives who seek to develop their careers in this direction. Mr Lindsey’s appointment will be a real inspiration and impetus to them.”
Judicial Appointments Commission chief executive Nigel Reeder added: “The JAC is delighted that another CILEx Fellow has been appointed as a judge. Fellows have been able to apply for judicial roles only since 2008 and so far fewer than 200 have done so, which illustrates how impressive a result this is for Mr Lindsey.”