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5 February

OV The Rt Hon Sir Julian Flaux appointed as Chancellor of the High Court

Julian Flaux We were absolutely thrilled to hear that OV Sir Julian Flaux (Cl 63-72) has been appointed as the Chancellor of the High Court, with the official swearing in ceremony taking place on Thursday 4th February.

The appointment of the Chancellor of the High Court is made by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor following the recommendation of an independent selection panel.  Chancellor of the High Court is one of the most senior judges in England and Wales and holds day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the Business & Property Courts in London and its seven city centres across the country, in consultation with the President of the Queen’s Bench Division.

Sir Julian was called to the Bar in 1978 and took Silk in 1994.  He started his judicial career as a Recorder in 2000.  He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2002 and a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2007.  He was the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court between 2014 and 2015 and a Presiding Judge on the Midland Circuit between 2010 and 2013.  In 2016, Sir Julian was appointed President of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and he was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2016.  Since 2020, he has been Supervising Lord Justice of the Commercial Court.

Sir Julian is a previous Barnabas speaker here at King’s and visited the School to talk to the pupils in College Hall in March 2010.  More recently, he was particularly interested to hear how King’s has adapted to the pressure of teaching and learning in the current climate and said to us, “I am so glad to hear the school is doing well at carrying on with remote learning. I know it can’t be easy, but there is so much negative press and media coverage on the education issue at the moment, it is good to hear something positive”.

Congratulation to Sir Julian on this remarkable achievement, we look forward to hearing more his exciting and important appointment.