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Old Member appointed as High Court Judge

25 September 2020

The College congratulates Nigel Poole QC (PPE, 1984), who will take up his appointment as High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division, on 1 October.

‘Having studied PPE at Queen's, I did the Diploma in Law course at The City University, London, and Bar Finals at the Inns of Court School of Law, before securing a pupillage in Manchester,’ explained Nigel. ‘By coincidence my pupillage supervisor was Alastair Forrest, another Old Member of The Queen's College. I was called to the Bar in 1989 and specialised in clinical negligence, acting mainly for patients and their families. I was appointed as a Recorder – a part-time judge – in 2009, as Queen's Counsel in 2012, and as a Deputy High Court Judge conducting family and administrative law cases in 2017. From 2013 I sat as a Chair of the Bar Tribunal hearing charges brought against barristers for breaches of professional rules.

‘Current members of Queen’s contemplating a career in the law should know that many lawyers and judges do not have a first degree in law. Studying philosophy at Queen’s taught me the importance of clarity of thought and expression. The Bar attracts an increasingly diverse membership and anyone can seek out a short period of work experience, known as a mini-pupillage, at one of the hundreds of chambers around the country.

‘I did one in Leeds when still an undergraduate at Queen's and was immediately attracted to what has been a very fulfilling career at the Bar. I am honoured to have been appointed as a High Court Judge and look forward to working at the heart of the justice system.’