DIFC courts appoint UK trio and first female judge

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has appointed six new judges to its courts – three of whom are from the UK.



The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has appointed six new judges to its courts – three of whom are from the UK.

Essex Court Chambers scored two of the three spots, with the appointment of former commercial judge turned mediator Sir Anthony Colman and door tenant David Williams QC.

One Essex Court took the other position with the appointment of retired Court of Appeal judge Sir John Chadwick, who is an associate member at the chambers and acts as an arbitrator.

The trio will serve alongside former Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans, who is chief justice of the DIFC courts.

Evans said the six new appointments had achieved a new milestone for the DIFC.”[They] complement our already impressive panel of judges, and companies within our jurisdiction can rest assured that all cases which come to the DIFC courts will be heard and dealt with effectively,” he said.

In addition to the UK trio, the new appointees include Malaysia’s first female chief judge Tan Seri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob, who becomes the DIFC’s first woman judge.