James Strachan QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge, it has been announced.
James’s appointment was made by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, upon the recommendation of the independent Judicial Appointments Commission. He is expected to sit in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London for approximately 30 days a year.
The role of Deputy High Court Judge is reserved for those who have the experience and expertise to deal with very complex cases and will include work which would otherwise be undertaken by High Court Judges.
James was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and is widely regarded as a leader in his fields of planning and environment, public and administrative law, human rights and financial services. He served on the Attorney General’s Panel of Treasury Counsel from 2001-2013.
James’s appointment as Deputy High Court Judge formally took effect on 4 September 2018. He will continue in full time practice at 39 Essex Chambers whilst undertaking his judicial responsibilities.
For further information on the appointments see the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.