Dobbs, Dame Linda – Hot 100

Linda Dobbs hit the headlines in early autumn when her appointment to the High Court bench was announced.

Taking her seat in the Queen’s Bench Division, Dobbs became the first person from an ethnic minority to reach this level of the judiciary and is one of only 10 women in the High Court. The significance of her appointment was brought home when it was applauded in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on 13 September.

Dobbs’ career began 23 years ago when she was called to the bar, taking silk in 1998. A member of criminal set 18 Red Lion Court, she served time as chairman of the Criminal Bar Association until her judicial appointment.

Despite the significance of Dobbs’ appointment, her elevation to the bench came as little surprise to those who have followed her career.

Her expertise and experience are undoubted, and she will be a valuable member of the judiciary.

Dame Linda Dobbs