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Twenty-one new section 9(4) Deputy High Court Judges appointed

Date:23 MAY 2017
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The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has appointed 21 Deputy High Court Judges, under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, for a single fixed 4-year term.

The appointments include Nkumbe Ekaney QC, who specialises in family law, regularly acting for parents in relationship breakdown cases and in public law for parents, children and local authorities in hearings involving chronic neglect, sexual abuse, serious physical and emotional harm and death of children

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The full list of individuals who have been appointed is set out below:

Darryl John Allen QC
Kelyn Meher Bacon QC
Veronique Eira Buehrlen QC
John Patrick Cavanagh QC
Rowena Collins Rice
David Leslie Edwards QC
Nkumbe Ekaney QC
Naomi Lisa Ellenbogen QC
Andrew Raywood Henshaw QC
Edwin Geoffrey Johnson QC
Julian Bernard Knowles QC
Peter John Sibley MacDonald Eggers QC
Nigel David Poole QC
Pushpinder Singh Saini QC
Joanna Angela Smith QC
David Angus Stone
Justine Thornton QC
Daniel Ze'ev Toledano QC
Jonathan Richard Turner QC
Nicholas Edward John Vineall QC
Sarah Elizabeth Worthington QC

Depending on the jurisdiction, successful candidates may hear a range of work including:
  • Complex cases arising out of business and property law disputes, both national and international.
  • The most complex public and private law cases involving children and families, including finding of fact hearings dealing with controversial and difficult medical issues.
  • Financial disputes, including substantial asset divorce cases, cases in relation to children where the parents are unmarried, and financial cases and jurisdictional disputes following foreign divorce decrees.
  • Child abduction and international family law, including relocation cases and the inter-relation of the law of England and Wales with European law.
  • Complex cases in contract, tort and other areas and possibly specialist topics such as planning, commercial, defamation and construction.
  • In the administrative court, judicial review claims and statutory challenges to the actions of public authorities, such as government ministers, local authorities and other public sector bodies.
Biographies of the 21 new judges are available on the Judicial Appointments Commission website. https://jac.judiciary.gov.uk/deputy-high-court-judges


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