Tribunal members

Present Members   

Lord Justice Singh (President)

Rabinder_SinghThe Right Honourable Sir Rabinder Singh has been a member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal since 2016 and was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2017. He was appointed President on 27 September 2018.

Lord Justice Singh was called to the Bar in 1989 and practised at the Bar from 1990 to 2011. He was on the Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown from 1992 to 2002. He was also additional Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue from 1997 to 2002. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and Chaired the Administrative Law Bar Association from 2006 to 2008.

From 2003 to 2011 he was a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court from 2004 to 2011. He was appointed High Court Judge - Queen's Bench Division - in October 2011 and was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2013 to 2016. He was also Administrative Court liaison judge for Wales and the Midland and Western circuits during 2017.

He was a visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics from 2003 to 2009 and has been an Honorary Professor of Law at Nottingham University since 2007 and a Visiting Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford since 2016.
His publications include 'The Future of Human Rights in the UK (1997)' and as co-author with Sir Jack Beatson and others, 'Human Rights: Judicial Enforcement in the UK (2008)'.

Lord Boyd (Vice President)

LordBoydThe Right Honourable Lord Boyd of Duncansby  was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts (Scotland) in June 2012. He qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and was called to the Bar in 1983. He was appointed QC in 1995. He practised at Caesar & Howie from 1978 to 1982 and as an Advocate from 1983 to 1997 building up a practice in civil and particularly planning law.

He acted as Advocate Depute from 1993 to 1995 and was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland (for the UK Government) in 1997 and for the Scottish Executive in 1999. Lord Boyd was Lord Advocate from 2000 to 2006. His time in office saw the devolution of legislative responsibility to the new Scottish Parliament and the introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law. He brought in significant reforms to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. He was also responsible for the prosecution of the Lockerbie trial.

He returned to practice as a solicitor advocate in 2007 joining Dundas & Wilson, Solicitors as a Consultant and Head of Public Law. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2000. He became a Life Peer in 2006.

Lord Justice Edis

Lord Justice Edis was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in January 2021. He was appointed as a High Court Judge in October 2014, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.  He was educated at Liverpool College and University College, Oxford.  Called to the Bar in 1980, he took silk in 1997.  His practice in silk included prosecuting and defending serious criminal cases, including terrorism.  He was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court and served from 2008-2014.  He was Head of Chambers at Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool from 2000-2006.

Lady Carmichael

Lady Carmichael was appointed to the Tribunal on 6 November 2019. She has been a Senator of the College of Justice (judge in the Supreme Courts of Scotland) since 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and called to the Bar in 1993, taking silk in 2008. In practice, she specialised in public and administrative law. She served as standing Junior Counsel to the Home Department between 2000 and 2008. She acted as counsel to the Fingerprint Inquiry Scotland. She was appointed as a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland in 2005; a part-time sheriff in 2007; and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) in 2014

Mrs Justice Lieven

Mrs Justice Lieven was appointed to the Tribunal on 6 November 2019. She was Called to the Bar in 1989 and took Silk in 2006. She was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016 and took up appointment as a High Court Judge on 11 January 2019 assigned to the Family Division. Mrs Justice Lieven also sits in the Administrative Court.

Sir Richard McLaughlin

Sir Richard served as High Court judge during a 40-year legal career in Northern Ireland. He held office as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland from 1999 to his retirement in 2012. In addition, he was deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland, Chair of Servicing the Legal System, Member of the Judicial Studies Board and Chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LL.B, Queen’s University Belfast 1970, LL.M University of Strathclyde 1997. He was appointed to the Tribunal in September 2014.

Charles Flint QC

Charles Flint QC is a former head of Blackstone Chambers. He specialises in financial services regulation and acts as a mediator in banking and financial services disputes. He is a non-executive director of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, a deputy chairman of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited, a member of the Club Financial Control Panel of the Union of European Football Associations and President of the National Anti-Doping Panel. He has been a Member of the Tribunal since 2009.

Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC

Graham Zellick read law at Cambridge (MA, PhD) and was then Ford Foundation Fellow at the Stanford Law School in California. He became Professor of Public Law at Queen Mary and Westfield College and later served as Drapers’ Professor of Law, Head of the Department of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Laws. He was Principal of the College from 1990 to 1998 and Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of London for six years before becoming Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. From January 2009 to August 2015, he was the first President of the Valuation Tribunal for England.
Professor Zellick is a Master of the Bench and former Reader of the Middle Temple, an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He was editor of Public Law and founding editor of European Human Rights Reports, was one of the first Electoral Commissioners, a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Data Protection Tribunal and the Lord Chancellor’s Legal Aid Advisory Committee. Professor Zellick was appointed to the Tribunal in January 2013.

Desmond Browne QC

Desmond Browne is Joint Head of 5RB, a set of chambers specialising in all aspects of media law, including privacy. He took silk in 1990 and sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1994 to 2009, in which year he became Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. In 2015 he was elected Treasurer of Gray’s Inn and the following year was appointed President of the Council of the Inns of Court. In that capacity he is ultimately responsible for the operation of the Bar’s disciplinary tribunals and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. He was made a member of the Tribunal in 2018.

Christopher Symons QC

Christopher Symons QC practised as a commercial barrister from 3 Verulam Buildings Gray’s Inn until 2016. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1972 and took silk in 1989. His practice largely consisted of insurance and reinsurance matters with some professional negligence work. He was head of chambers from 2000 to 2011. He now sits as a Commercial Arbitrator dealing with commercial disputes in London and elsewhere. He sat both as a Recorder of the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge where much of his time was spent sitting in the Administrative Court. He was the Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2013. He is the President of the Lloyd’s Appeal Tribunal dealing with disciplinary matters arising from Lloyd’s of London. He was made a Member of the Tribunal in 2018.


Last updated: 5 Jul 16