Experienced education law expert Emma Davies has been appointed as Deputy District Judge on the Northern Circuit.
The appointment will see Emma sit as a Judge in the County Courts and District Registries of the High Court for 2-3 days a month, and for around 30 sittings a year.
Deputy District Judges are appointed by the Lord Chief Justice after a fair and open competition administered by the Judicial Appointments Commission. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years appropriate legal experience, such as a practising barrister, solicitor or legal executive.
Emma will carry out her judicial role alongside her dedicated work for clients at law firm Simpson Millar, where she is a Senior Associate within the Education and Community Care team.
Emma has a particular interest in school admissions appeals and has acted for many clients in this area. Her numerous successes include difficult-to-win infant class size appeals.
Commenting on her appointment, Emma said: “I am proud and privileged to be taking on the new role of Deputy District Judge following the competitive and challenging process over the last 14 months. To be able to carry out this important work alongside working with my clients at Simpson Millar is a real honour.”
Imogen Jolley, Director of Public Practice at Simpson Millar, said: “Emma is a longstanding member of our education team, having trained at Simpson Millar.
“To see her development and progress over the past few years has been amazing, her dedication to her clients is paramount and since she has been in a management position in the team, has been fair minded and supportive, all great grounding for her new role in the judiciary.”