Three acting judges appointed to Grand Court

Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday announced the appointment of three new acting judges to the Grand Court panel – Judge Aileen Downey, Simon Russell Flint, QC, and Hugh Southey, QC.

“The appointment of these three very experienced individuals, along with the previous appointments made on the recommendation by the [Judicial and Legal Services] Commission only serves to enhance the stellar reputation of our judiciary amongst both the local and international business communities,” Governor Roper said in a press release.

The acting judges were chosen in an open recruitment process during which the positions were advertised by the commission locally and overseas in the first quarter of last year.

“Due to the large number of highly qualified candidates, the Commission conducted two sets of interviews, including those held in July 2018. The purpose of the panel is to maintain a list of qualified and recommended persons who may be invited to sit from time to time as Acting Grand Court Judges,” according to the press release.

Last year, six acting judges were added to the Grand Court panel: Marlene Carter, Roger Chapple, Carlisle Greaves, Kirsty-Ann Gunn, Stephen Hellman and Frank Williams.

The release included biography details of the three new judges.

Judge Downey was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1991. She then practiced at 9 Gough Square in Personal Injury and Family Law for 23 years. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and as a Circuit Judge in 2014. She currently sits at West London Family Court.

Mr. Flint was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1980. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in the Crown Court in 1998, and subsequently a full Recorder in 2000. His practice in London has been to prosecute and defend in all aspects of the criminal law.

He was Head of Chambers at 23 Essex Street, London between 2009 and 2015, and is now Head of Chambers of Reform Chambers, London. He is a Home Office appointed Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal and has been a member of the Inns’ Conduct Committee.

Mr. Southey is an English and Northern Irish QC based at Matrix Chambers. He took silk in 2010.

Since then, he has led in key public law and human rights cases at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court, as well as in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. He is a Recorder of the Crown Court of England and Wales.