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Mr Justice Burton ( President)

Mr Justice Burton was first a Scholar at Eton College and then at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics and then Law, obtaining his MA: he was a lecturer in law at Balliol from 1970 to 1973.  He was called to the Bar in 1970, became a QC in 1984, and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1998. He had a busy commercial practice in the Queen’s Bench Division, Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Employment Courts, in a wide variety of fields of Law.  He was Head of Littleton Chambers from 1991 to 1998.  He appeared as Counsel not only in the UK and Luxembourg, but also in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, Brunei and the United States.  He sat for a number of years as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, and as an arbitrator and mediator.


Since his appointment as a High Court Judge he has sat in Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, Commercial Court, Administrative Court, Family Division, Revenue List and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, of which he was President from October 2002 to December 2005, and remains a nominated judge. Mr Justice Burton was Chairman of the High Court Judges Association from 2010-11 and Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2012.  He is the Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee pursuant to the Employment Relations Act 1999 and an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.   He was Vice President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal from its inception in 2000 before being appointed as its President in October 2013.

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