Youngest UK woman judge appointed

She started her career at the age of 15, working as an administrative assistant at a law firm

Youngest UK woman judge appointed
The youngest ever woman judge in the UK has been appointed. Last Tuesday, Briony Clarke, 31, was sworn in as a deputy district judge at Chelmsford Crown Court, The Telegraph reported.

Clarke began her career at Chelmsford law firm Taylor Haldane Barlex (THB) when she was just 15, winning a work placement as an administrative assistant. By 2009, she was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors. She then became an accredited Duty Solicitor in 2010 and an associate at THB in 2013. She made partner at the firm in 2014.

Chelmsford Crown Court resident judge Charles Gratwicke said that since Clarke is so young, her compulsory retirement date would be January 2056, 39 years from now.

“It’s nice to have someone from our own community, embarking on the same career that we have all, at some stage, had to launch ourselves into,” Gratwicke said.

According to THB, she will continue her practice and serve in a part-time capacity as a judge in magistrates’ court.

Richard Wright QC was the youngest person ever to be appointed judge in the UK when he became a deputy district judge in 2006 at the age of 29.

Related stories:
Yale Law School selects first woman dean
Retired judges return to Tas Supreme Court bench to help clear backlog

Recent articles & video

ACT Bar Association welcomes new president

Western Australia district court welcomes new judge Mark Ritter

Marque Lawyers partner: 'I want to bring humanity back to the law'

Onboard data company Shift5 appoints inaugural general counsel

Canadian legaltech firm signs up seasoned vet for Australian debut

Federal Court rules registrar can reject ‘abuse of process, frivolous, and vexatious’ applications

Most Read Articles

HSF wins landmark case for insurance company

New CEO steps up at KCL Law

K&L Gates nabs HWL Ebsworth team

W+K expands Adelaide office with six new lawyers