Brick Court’s Leggatt QC appointed to High Court bench

Brick Court Chambers silk George Leggatt QC has been appointed to the bench as a High Court judge.

The announcement coincides with Mr Justice McCombe being promoted to the Court of Appeal.

Leggatt will be assigned to the Queens Bench Division.

He was called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1983 and took silk in 1997. In 2002 he was made a recorder and is approved to sit as a deputy High Court judge. He has also enjoyed a two-year spell as vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board.

Leggatt’s practice specialises in insurance and reinsurance and professional liability. Among his high-profile cases was the successful £100m Standard Life professional indemnity insurance dispute case, instructed by Addleshaw Goddard partner Richard Leedham (4 February 2012).

McCombe J was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1975, took silk in 1997 and was appointed a recorder in 1993. He was made a judge of the Queens Bench Division of the High Court in 2001 and was presiding judge between 2004 and 2007.

McCombe J recently ruled that Mau Mau veterans could make claims against the Government for personal injury damages suffered during an uprising in Kenya more than 50 years ago, when there was a rebellion against British colonial rule (5 October 2012).

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it was looking for three new justices (16 October 2012).