Robin Knowles CBE QC Appointed High Court Judge

Date: 01/09/2014

South Square is pleased to announce that Robin Knowles CBE QC is to be appointed as a High Court Judge to sit in the Queen's Bench Division. He will take up his new appointment as of 1 October 2014.

Robin has practised in commercial, financial and business law from South Square throughout his career. Recent cases in court have included New Cap Re (in the Supreme Court), Barclays v Unicredit (in the Court of Appeal) and Re Salti; JP Morgan (in the Commercial Court). His advisory practice includes regulatory, governance and conduct issues.

Robin was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association from 2005-7. He has sat as a judge in the Crown Court, the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Commercial Court, and also as an ICC arbitrator.

With the support of South Square, Robin has undertaken a range of other commitments. He is currently a Council Member of the Civil Justice Council, a Member of the Financial Markets Law Committee and a member of the General Management Committee of the Bar Council.

Robin is also Chairman of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, and a trustee of the National Pro Bono Centre and of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group). South Square has a continuing tradition of active involvement in pro bono work.

Commenting on his appointment, Robin Knowles CBE QC says: "I am looking forward to the challenge and I am pleased to have the opportunity. But I am very sad to leave South Square – it is a place of the greatest strength and the highest standards, across the commercial law field; it is a place of exceptional colleagues and utterly professional clerking and staff."

South Square's Head of Chambers, William Trower QC, says: "Robin has been a highly regarded member of South Square for 30 years. He is an excellent lawyer and has had an outstanding practice. Robin will be much missed in Chambers, but we are delighted for him that he has been appointed to the High Court bench. He has a great commitment to public service and I have no doubt that he will be a fine judge. He leaves the Bar with our very best wishes." 

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