Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Rabinder Singh QC, born 1964 in Britain, is the first Sikh to sit in the high court and wear a turban instead of a wig. He is also thought to have been the youngest person to sit as a judge in the high court. He was one of a group of barristers, along with Cherie Blair the former prime ministers' wife, who founded the Matrix chambers in 1999. He achieved a double first in law at from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1985. He has been a lecturer at the University of Nottingham and currently lectures part time at LSE. He is also one of Britain's leading experts in public and administrative law - the law relating to government departments and public authorities. Rabinder was named the Barrister of the Year by the Lawyer Magazine in 2001 and awarded Silk in 2002, this refers to court dress, which is awarded after a Barrister has served 10 years. In 2003 he was awarded the Legal Excellence Award at the Asian Jewel Awards and in 2004 he was given an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the London Metropolitan University. He has worked on a number of high profile cases and has worked on cases for the human rights organisation Liberty.