Kate Grange QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge, it has been announced today.
Kate’s appointment, by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon is for a four year-term and was made upon the recommendation of the independent Judicial Appointments Commission. 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.
The appointments reflect attempts to improve judicial diversity. Biographies of the appointees can be found here. They show four women appointed as well as several candidates who were the first in their family to go to University.
Kate was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. She has a broad civil practice which encompasses both public and private law, with emphasis on national security, human rights, torts, immigration, and commercial and construction law. She spent several years on the Attorney General’s panels, during which time she acted for the Security and Intelligence Agencies in the wake of the Snowden disclosures. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Kate is currently a Lead Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, in charge of construction related issues.
Kate’s appointment as Deputy High Court Judge formally takes effect on Monday 11 November 2019. She will continue in full time practice at 39 Essex Chambers whilst undertaking her judicial responsibilities.
For further information on the appointments see the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.