June 9, 2014
Mark Warby QC sworn in as a High Court Judge
Swearing in at 9.30am on Tuesday 10 June in Court 4
5RB is proud to announce that Mark Warby QC has been appointed to the High Court Bench. He will be assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. He will be sworn in at 9.30am on Tuesday 10 June 2014 in Court 4 before the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division. He replaces Sir Michael Tugendhat, who retires on 2 June 2014.
Mr Justice Warby was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1981. He joined chambers the following year. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2002, a Recorder in 2009 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013. He became Joint Head of Chambers in 2011.
He edited the second edition of Tugendhat & Christie on The Law of Privacy and the Media as well as writing several key chapters. He is recognised not only as an expert in media, defamation and privacy matters, but also as one of the country’s leading sports lawyers, having had a long association with the British Horseracing Authority and the Jockey Club.
His cases at the Bar include:
- Lait v Associated Newspapers
- Mosley v News Group Newspapers
- Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd
- McKeown v British Horseracing Authority
- Re Angela Roddy
- Campbell v MGN Ltd
Desmond Browne QC, 5RB’s joint Head of Chambers said: “Naturally 5RB is tremendously proud that Mark Warby should have been chosen to step into the shoes of our former members, Mr Justice Gray and Mr Justice Tugendhat. The latter will be very much missed on his retirement. So it will not just be his colleagues in chambers but all media practitioners who will be delighted at the news that it is someone with Mark’s vast experience who will be wrestling with the mass of issues raised by the new Defamation Act.”