Mr Peter Williamson (Chairman)
Peter Williamson is a retired solicitor who was President of the Law Society in 2003/4. He was also Chairman of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund from 1997 until 2002 and Chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority from 2005 until 2009. He was appointed as a Trustee in 2010 and became Chairman in 2012.
The Rt Hon Sir Peter Gross (President)
Sir Peter Gross was called to the Bar in 1977. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, appointed a Recorder in 1995 and a Deputy High Court judge in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed to High Court and served as presiding judge on the South East Circuit from 2004 to 2004, and headed the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. He became Deputy Senior Presiding Judge on 3 October 2011, and was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015.
He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018, a post he held until his retirement in October 2019 and has undertaken many judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, USA, Argentina, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan).
He is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Case Management of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).
Mr Stephen J Lewis (Hon Sec and Treasurer)
Stephen Lewis is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. At Clifford Chance, he specialises in forensic accounting and regulatory investigations across a number of industries and has given evidence to courts and tribunals in a number of jurisdictions.
Mr Julian Acratopulo
Julian Acratopulo is a partner in Clifford Chance’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in London where he advises on a broad range of contentious, regulatory and reputation management issues often on a cross border basis. As part of its pro bono activities, Clifford Chance is committed to promoting access to justice internationally, including through its support of the Slynn Foundation.
The Rt Hon Sir Robin Auld
Sir Robin Auld was formerly a High Court and Court of Appeal Judge and was the Senior Presiding Judge for England & Wales. He was also Vice-Chairman of the England and Wales Judicial Appointments Commission and a Member of the Judicial Studies Board. He has wide experience in the UK and internationally of public inquiry work of national and international importance. He is now a Justice of the Bermuda and of the Oxford University Courts of Appeal.
The Hon Sir Nicholas Blake
Sir Nicholas Blake is a retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was made a QC in 1994 and was a founding member of Matrix Chambers. He was appointed as a special advocate and as a Deputy High Court judge in 2002 and judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2007. From 2010 to 2013 he was President of Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and from 2014 to May 2017 he represented the judiciary of England and Wales on the International Association of Judges and its regional affiliate the European Association of Judges.
The Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton
Sir Stanley Burnton was called to the Bar in 1965, became a QC in 1982, was appointed to the High Court in 2000 and promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2008. He retired as a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012, and returned to his former chambers, One Essex Court to practise as an arbitrator, but continues to sit in the Court of Appeal on a part-time basis. He is chairman of the board of trustees of BAILII (the British and Irish Legal Information Institute), a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of Queen Mary College, London. In 2015 he was was appointed as the Interception of Communications Commissioner.
Mr Ian Cameron Cliff CMG, OBE
Ian Cliff is a recently retired British diplomat. He served as British Ambassador in five posts: to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001 – 2005), to the Sudan (2005 – 2007), to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Vienna (2007 – 2011), to Kosovo (2011 – 2015), and to Croatia (2015 – 2016). Throughout his career he has been involved in programmes to support the Rule of Law.
The Rt Hon Dame Nicola Davies
Dame Nicola Davies is a judge of the Court of Appeal having previously served as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. Dame Nicola was called to the Bar in 1976 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Her chambers were Serjeants Inn Chambers and she practised in the field of medical law. Dame Nicola is the first woman from Wales to hold the appointments of QC, High Court Judge, Presiding Judge of the Circuit in Wales and Lady Justice of Appeal.
Ms Marie Demetriou QC
Marie Demetriou QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers practising in EU, public law and competition law. She was called to the Bar in 1995 and made a Queen’s Counsel in 2012. She is a Bencher of the Middle Temple and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Law, King’s College, London.
The Rt Hon Sir James Dingemans
Sir James Dingemans is a judge of the Court of Appeal having previously served as a High Court Judge, in the Queen’s Bench Division. Before that he was a practising barrister, and was called to the Bar in July 1987, and made a Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He was also chairman of the International Committee of the Bar Council, and Head of Chambers at 3 Hare Court, Temple.
The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Irwin
Sir Stephen Irwin was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1976 and he was a founder member of Doughty Street Chambers. He took silk in 1997, was Chairman of the Bar in 2004, became a High Court judge in 2006 and sat in the Court of Appeal from 2016 to 2020. He served as Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit and Chairman of SIAC. He was the supervising Lord Justice for extradition cases, and cases involving national security. He served as Treasurer of Gray’s Inn for 2020. In November 2020 he was appointed by resolution of the House of Commons to chair a new panel hearing serious disciplinary cases and appeals involving Members of Parliament.
The Rt Hon Sir David Latham
Sir David Latham was called to the bar in 1964, specialising ultimately in professional negligence, and administrative law, including Human Rights law. He was appointed a High Court judge in 1992 and Lord Justice of Appeal in 2000. He was Vice President of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division 2007 to 2009, and Chairman of the Parole Board 2009 to 2012. He was also involved in legal education at the Bar, and as a judge, both at policy and at delivery levels.
The Hon Dame Maura McGowan
Dame Maura McGowan was appointed a High Court Judge in 2014 and sits in the Queen’s Bench Division and was a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit 2016 until 2019. As a junior, she specialised in criminal work at 2 Bedford Row in London and Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester and practised predominantly on the South Eastern Circuit. She took Silk in 2001 and was Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013. She is an Advanced International Advocacy Trainer and has taught and lectured in many jurisdictions; she is involved in international judicial training in Uganda, Mexico and (with AdvocAid) in Sierra Leone.
The Hon Sir Simon Picken
Sir Simon Picken was called to the Bar in 1989, after study at Cardiff University and Cambridge University. His practice was in commercial law, with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, professional negligence and shipping.
He was appointed a QC in 2006, made a Recorder in 2005 and became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. He was the Commercial Law QC to the Welsh Government from 2009 until 2015. He was also the QC Church Commissioner (appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York) between 2013 and 2015. He was appointed a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division in June 2015. In July 2016, he was appointed a Judge of the Commercial Court.
He is also the Senior Judiciary’s representative on the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary and the High Court representative in the International Association of Judges.
Ms Amanda Pinto QC
Amanda Pinto QC practices in business wrong-doing cases, from the most serious financial and corporate frauds, through money laundering, financial services and corruption, to art crime and director’s disqualification cases. She is an expert in international cases involving complex jurisdictional problems. She is Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales (2020), a Bencher of Middle Temple, a former Chair of the Rule of Law Group and UK’s representative on the Council of the International Criminal Bar; she is a member of the Lawyers Circle (promoting the rights of women across the globe) and a part-time Judge.
Mr Fergus Randolph QC
Fergus Randolph QC practices in all aspects of EU and Competition Law including shipping, fisheries, commercial agency, public procurement, motor vehicle insurance, EU and UK sanctions and VAT. He has appeared in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the Court of First Instance (Luxembourg), the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) and the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands. He spent 15 years in Brussels, first with the European Commission’s legal service, as winner of the Bar Council’s first award for a Commission “stage”, and then as a member of Chambers in their annexe.
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos
Sir Geoffrey Vos was appointed Master of the Rolls in January 2021, having been Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales since October 2016. He was called to the Bar in 1977 and became a QC in 1993. He was appointed a High Court Judge in 2009 and a Court of Appeal judge in 2013. He was a previously a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey and Cayman Islands. He was Chairman of the Bar Council in 2007 and has been a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn since 2000. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Social Mobility Foundation from 2008 to 2011, and sat on Alan Milburn MP’s Panel on Fair Access to the Professions in 2009. He became Chairman of the European sub-committee of the Judge’s Council in 2011 and was President of the European Network for Councils of the Judiciary 2014-16.
Mr Stephen Wordsworth CMG LVO
A career diplomat, Stephen Wordsworth served in Moscow (1979-81), Nigeria (1983-86), Germany during unification (1990-1994) and as Political Adviser to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1994-1998). After working in London as Head of Department for the Western Balkans (1999-2002), he served abroad as Deputy Head of Mission, Moscow (2003-2005) and British Ambassador, Belgrade (2006-2010). Since 2012, he has been Executive Director of Cara, a UK charity which works to rescue academics from persecution, violence and conflict. He is also Deputy Chair of the New York-based Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack; a Trustee of the British and Foreign School Society; and a parish councillor.
Mr Ben Yallop JP
Ben has worked within the justice system since 2003. During a career dedicated to public service Ben has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading justice sector advisers, with particular expertise in judicial leadership, court administration and international relations. He has provided extensive advice to judiciaries in Sierra Leone, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, been a speaker at the Qatar Law Forum and chaired the UK China Supreme Court working group in Shanghai. As Head of International for the judiciary for three years, Ben was the lead official during the creation of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts and also supported high-level visits to Pakistan, Iraq, Jordan, Argentina and Bahrain, engaging directly with over 130 jurisdictions worldwide. Ben is the Private Secretary to Lord Burnett of Maldon, the Lord Chief Justice, and a Magistrate sitting in crime.