Alumnus Michael Fordham appointed High Court Judge
16 December 2019
We are delighted to announce that Michael Fordham QC (Law, 1983) has been appointed as a High Court Judge.
Mike studied at Hertford College under Roy Stuart and Stuart Anderson 1983-1987, coming from a Lincolnshire state school background having won a place under the Tanner Scheme. At Oxford Mike was a Hockey Blue and obtained a First in Law, followed by a BCL at Oxford and an LLM at the University of Virginia. Throughout his 30 year career as a barrister and QC Mike has been a part-time College Lecturer at Hertford and a member of the SCR.
A barrister since 1990 and a QC since 2006, Mike has argued more than 50 cases in the UK Supreme Court/House of Lords including, most recently, the Miller prorogation case. For over a decade he has represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the leading asylum cases. He writes a leading legal textbook (currently in its sixth edition) and has won several awards including Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, the Bar Pro Bono Award, and Public Law QC of the Year. He has held four part-time judicial appointments as well as being Visiting Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and Master of Students at Gray’s Inn.