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The Hon Mrs Justice McGowan

Full Title: The Hon Mrs Justice McGowan
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 21.11.2005
Call Date: 25.11.1980




Maura McGowan was appointed a High Court Judge in 2014. She sits in the Queen’s Bench Division and is currently a presiding judge on the South Eastern Circuit.


She was called to the Bar and practised principally in serious crime though additionally appeared in public inquiries. She took silk in 2001. She is also a member of both the Bar of Ireland and Northern Ireland. She is a Bencher of Middle Temple, chair of the Bench Selection Advisory Committee and a member of the Education and Training Committee.

She retains a strong interest in the practice of advocacy and is an Advanced International Advocacy Trainer. She has taught or lectured in many jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, USA, Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa.

She is a member of the Sentencing Council of England & Wales and the Sentencing Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean.

She is a consulting editor of Archbold, on the editorial board of the Criminal Law Review and is a trustee of BAILII.

She is a Governor of Goodenough College, London.

She was Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2013.