Swathe of QCs gifted High Court appointments

Manchester-based Byrom Street Chambers has scored yet another appointment to the High Court as a flurry of judge appointments were announced this morning (21 December).

Timothy King QC has been appointed as a judge to the Queen’s Bench Division succeeding Mr Justice Toulson, the chairman of the Law Commission. King was called to the Bar in 1973 and took silk in 1991.

King’s appointment follows in the footsteps of two of his colleagues. Lord Justice Leveson was made-up to a Court of Appeal judge in June after six years in the High Court and Caroline Swift QC was appointed to the High Court in October 2005.

This morning’s appointments also saw John Griffith Williams QC, a senior Cardiff circuit judge since 2001, John Saunders QC, a recorder of Birmingham for two years, and Wyn Williams QC, an authorised deputy High Court Judge, appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division.

Launcelot Henderson QC of 5 Stone Buildings, who was Standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue from 1987 till 1991, was appointed to the Chancery Division.

The appointments come as Mr Justice Crane retires from the Queen’s Bench after six years, giving way to Saunders. John Williams appointment comes after Mr Justice Hunt passed away, while Wyn Williams is a newly appointed post.

Henderson takes over from Lord Justice Neuberger, who was made a Law Lord earlier this month.