Matrix Chambers silk Rabinder Singh QC is being widely tipped to become the High Court’s first Sikh judge in the coming weeks.
At 47 years old, Singh, who was a founding member of Matrix, would also be one of the youngest members of the High Court judiciary.
“He’s one of Matrix’s superstars. It will be a great appointment for the High Court,” a source said.
Several bench vacancies have become available following the elevation of five High Court judges to the Court of Appeal, the first of whom will join the appellate court later this summer.
Singh, who took silk in 2002, is a highly regarded barrister who already sits as a deputy High Court judge, having been appointed in 2003.
His practice focuses on human rights. In 2002 he acted for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on its bid to have a declaration that the Iraq war was illegal without a fresh resolution from the UN Security Council.
He gained notoriety in 2004 when he successfully represented human rights organisation Liberty in the House of Lords against the indefinite detention without charge or trial of non-nationals suspected of terrorist activities.