UCL Faculty of Laws


Professor David Ormerod QC appointed Deputy High Court Judge for England and Wales

4 September 2018

Professor David Ormerod QC, Chair in Criminal Law at UCL Faculty of Laws, has been appointed a Deputy High Court Judge.

David Ormerod

Professor David Ormerod QC is one of 32 Deputy High Court Judges appointed in September 2018. The announcement follows a competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission. The competition was open to practitioners with or without previous judicial experience to apply to become a Deputy High Court Judge for England and Wales.

The role of the Deputy High Court judge is to undertake work which would otherwise be undertaken by salaried High Court Judges. The prestigious role involves dealing with complex cases ranging from property law disputes; child abduction and international family law; and financial disputes including substantial asset divorce cases.

As a practitioner David specialises in fraud and has acted for the Serious Fraud Office and the HMRC Prosecution Office in serious fraud cases. In 2013, he was appointed as Queen’s Counsel and has been a Master of the Bench at Middle Temple since 2009. David is a Professor of Criminal Law at UCL Laws, and is currently the Criminal Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a post he has held since 2010.

David commented:

“My academic work has always been focused on the practical application of the law. I am delighted by this appointment which will, I am sure, enhance my academic work further by providing me with direct experience of the judicial role.”