New High Court Judges appointed

Victoria Sharp QC and Andrew Nicol QC appointed to the bench

1 Brick Court’s Victoria Sharp QC and Andrew Nicol QC of Doughty Street Chambers have been appointed to the High Court bench.

After graduating from Bristol University, Victoria Sharp joined 1 Brick Court in 1982 and took silk in 2001. She was appointed as a Recorder in 1998 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007.

Andrew Nicol was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1978 and took silk in 1995. He was appointed a Recorder in 2000 and subsequently as a deputy High Court Judge.

As a recognised leader in the field of defamation and media law, Victoria Sharp was involved in numerous important cases including Lord Browne v Associated Newspapers Ltd, Lowe v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd.

Andrew Nicol, who was also highly regarded for his human rights and public law work, is the co-editor with Geoffrey Robertson QC of Media Law and with Gavin Millar QC of Media Law and Human Rights. He represented the media in a wide variety of cases related to contempt, journalistic sources and reporting restrictions.

Both Ms Sharp and Mr Nicol have been appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division.

All the members of 5RB congratulate the pair on their appointments and send best wishes for happy and successful careers on the bench.