High Court Judges 2021

His Honour Judge Stephen Eyre QC

Born in the Black Country, Stephen grew up in Solihull. He attended the local independent school before studying Jurisprudence at Oxford University.

The first lawyer in his family, Stephen was called to the Bar in 1981. He practised from chambers in Birmingham throughout his career and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015. Stephen specialised in commercial and property disputes and in insolvency law. He also acted as a mediator and sat as a Recorder and as a judge of the Mental Health Tribunal.

Appointed as a Circuit Judge in 2015, Stephen sat in the Crown Court in Birmingham, Leamington, and Wolverhampton and in 2016 was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions. In 2017 he was appointed a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge sitting as a Technology and Construction Court judge in the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

Stephen has been a judge in the Ecclesiastical Courts since 2009 and is currently Chancellor of the diocese of Lichfield.

Heather Williams QC

Heather is a barrister. She was born and brought up in Portsmouth. She studied law at King’s College London and was awarded the Scarman Scholarship for coming first in the Bar Vocational Course.

Called to the Bar in 1985 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006, Heather specialises in civil liberties, judicial review, employment and discrimination law and inquests.

She was appointed as a fee-paid Employment Judge in 2005, an Assistant Coroner in 2016 and both a Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2018. She is also a Chair of the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service and a qualified mediator. She is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.



Barry Cotter QC

Born and brought up in St Helens, Barry attended a local state school, before going on to study law at University College London.

Called to the Bar in 1985, he practised in general common law with a specialism in personal injury, product liability, health and safety, medical negligence and group actions. Barry was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006. 

He was the author of a textbook on Product Liability and the general Editor of Munkman on Employer’s Liability.

Barry was appointed as a Recorder in 2002 and in 2010 was appointed a Designated Civil Judge (Devon and Cornwall) and authorised as a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division and Administrative Court).

He was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge and Designated Civil Judge for Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire in 2017, and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. He became a member of the Civil Justice Council in 2018. Barry is a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.

Andrew Ritchie QC

Andrew grew up in Dulwich, South London. After a law degree at Cambridge University, he qualified and worked as a solicitor.

Andrew qualified for the Bar in 1985 and went on to practise in personal injury and clinical negligence law for the whole of his career.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009; his practice then encompassed very serious brain and spinal injury cases, international terrorism inquests (for instance the In Amenas murders and the Sousse beach murders) and the subsequent multi-party civil claims.

Andrew was chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association from 2014-2016. He is qualified as an arbitrator and a mediator, and he has written and edited a number of legal texts books including: “MIB Claims” (Lexis); “A Guide to RTA liability” (Lexis) and “Kemp & Kemp on Quantum” Vols 2-4 (Sweet & Maxwell).

Andrew was appointed to the High Court Bench in the autumn of 2021.

Edwin Johnson QC

Edwin is a barrister. He was born in Lincolnshire and grew up in Surrey. He studied law at Oxford University and was called to the Bar in 1987, where he specialised in all aspects of real property law.

Edwin was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2006. In 2017 he was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge, sitting in the Business and Property Courts, and a Barrister Member of the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service.

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