Another five salaried judges have been appointed to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in the past fortnight, all to be based in London.
- Joe Neville, 37, solicitor turned barrister. A former legal blogger – which activity is actually permitted by the judicial conduct guidelines – focusing on employment law, but more recently practising in commercial and immigration.
- Margaret O’Keeffe, 56, solicitor. A fee-paid immigration judge for over a decade.
- Mark Blundell, 39, barrister. A former Home Office presenting officer – the first, we think, to become a salaried judge. Appointed a fee-paid immigration judge in 2011, shortly after beginning pupillage at Lamb Building.
- Jo Swaney, 43, solicitor. Immigration expert. Senior solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, sits on the Law Society’s immigration law committee, co-author of the forthcoming edition of Phelan & Gillespie.
- Sean O’Brien, 54, barrister. An employment specialist with several years’ experience as a fee-paid employment judge. Before call to the bar, spent two decades in the Royal Air Force and “concluded his career in the British Embassy in Moscow”, according to a chambers profile.
The judicial appointments just keep coming: this post reports the 11 judges selected in early January.