What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I used to be a judge of the Family Division but retired in 2013. I am now visiting Professor of Law at Liverpool Hope University and hold a number of other part-time posts which have the common denominator of being honorary. Otherwise I pursue the idle routine of the retired.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
I was a barrister in Liverpool before becoming a Circuit Judge there and then in 2002 became a High Court Judge, something I had not aspired to since I had never been either a QC or a regular appearer in the House of Lords. The age of miracles was apparently not over.
What are the people you work for/with like? Any memorable stories?
Judges are a fascinating group of people to work with and as Chair of the High Court Judges Association I got to know many of them well. Of course we are not (yet, at least) truly representative of society but I was impressed by their knowledge of it and by a communal commitment to its well-being. Almost every philosophical, political and religious opinion going (well, the legal ones) will find a proponent amongst them, but there is nevertheless a real degree of consistency in decision-making.
Much as I would like to share a story, it would be, if not actually libellous, certainly a breach of confidence, so I think I had better not!
What is the best and worst part of day for you?
The best part of the day now is waking up and realising that I don't have to risk messing up the lives of others. However, I had always promised myself that if I woke up on consecutive Mondays dreading work, I would retire: that happily never happened – I never lost my desire to work and retired because it seemed the right time to do so.
The worst part of the day? I don't think I have one unless it is the moment I discover that I have forgotten to do something that I had said I would.