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Year of Silk: 1989

Year of Call: 1970


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Clerk: Ellen McInall


Roger has over 40 years experience of helping to resolve disputes in a judicial or quasi-judicial role, whether as judge, arbitrator, mediator or investigator.  He is committed to assisting parties to resolve their disputes and differences in as practical, imaginative, effective, lasting but informal a manner as possible.


  • Retired Deputy High Court Judge with over 25 years part-time and full -time extensive experience of sitting at High Court level cases in all civil jurisdictions. Sat in all Divisions of High Court, including cases in (now) Business and Property Courts (Chancery, Commercial, Company, Banking, Mercantile, IT disputes, group litigation, and cases and family finance).
  • Experienced as, and well used to working on own and as, part of a team or panel member as judge, mediator, arbitrator, evaluator and reviewer of cases and disputes.
  • Experience of overseeing case running in Competition Appeal Tribunal as chair of SPV (UKTC) for dealing with claims by truck owners of trucks subjected to an unlawful cartel involving all major European truck manufacturers (as so found by European Commission). Involves gaining experience of Litigation Funding Arrangements and group litigation in CAT.
  • Mediator and arbitrator of 15 plus years of experience.
  • Full working practice as QC for over 15 years.
  • Standing counsel to Crown (see below).
  • Experience as Diocesan Chancellor for Dioceses of Hereford and St Albans over 20 years. Involved diplomatic evaluation of sensitive conflicts and occasional mediation and practical problem solving.

Since retirement (2016)

  • Acted as member of independent Third-Party panel considering, evaluating, reviewing, and advising on compensation awards as part of RBS GRG review programme under chair of Sir William Blackburn. This involved considering and evaluating file and papers, submissions and memoranda and considering and reviewing in small teams or panel.
  • Member of Parole Board (2017-2020), reviewing, hearing, and considering cases as panel member.
  • Sat as High Court Judge in Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Commercial Division.
  • Chair of SPV running case in CAT (above).
  • Acted as mediator.


  • Over 35 years at Bar (QC, 1989) including period as standing counsel to Crown in insolvency matters.
  • Regularly instructed in high profile cases as QC by or on behalf of all departments of Government including huge dispute over IT contracts with Government Departments.
  • Wide practice in company, commercial, finance and property matters including all aspects of chancery and commercial, insolvency, equity and trusts, property law, partnerships and companies, land disputes, wills, trusts and settlements, family provision and inheritance, court of protection, family law and property disputes, children, arbitrations and mediation. Appeared in a number of leading cases in property, trusts, insolvency including in Court of Appeal and House of Lords.
  • Undertook sensitive well publicised investigations into Anglia TV (under FSA 1986 following suggestions of insider dealing) and TransTech plc (under Companies Acts) following collapse. Both companies had known connections or contacts with or in mainstream political parties.
  • Appointed Deputy High Court Judge 1990 (Chancery Division, and subsequently, Queen’s Bench (Commercial) and Family Division).
  • Acting Deemster Isle of Man (included sitting in appellate jurisdiction).
  • Member Panel of Chairmen City Disputes Panel.
  • Conducted commercial arbitration disputes.

Practice Areas

Significant Cases

Career and Associations

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - FCIArb

Called to Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) 1970

Queen’s Counsel 1989

Standing counsel to Crown in insolvency matters c 1985-1989

Recorder Crown Court 1994-2005

Deputy High Court Judge 1990 – 2016 (all divisions)

Specialist Chancery and Mercantile Judge, North Eastern Circuit, 2005 – 2016 (retired Sep 2016)

Acting Deemster, Isle of Man Courts, c 2000-2005

Acting Justice of the Commercial Division, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, BVI (2017)

Diocesan Chancellor, Dioceses of Hereford and St Albans (c 2000 to date)

Appointed DTI Inspector to investigate affairs of TransTec plc (2000-2003) and Anglia Television plc (1994)

Member Panel of Chairmen City Disputes Panel c 1997-2005

Bencher Lincoln’s Inn (1997)

Graduated Birmingham University LLB 1968

Lecturer in law Kingston Polytechnic (now University) 1968-1971


Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws, 5th ed. Ecclesiastical Law.

Consultant Editor and Contributor to Tolley’s Insolvency Law