The appointment of Fiona Lindsley, Nadine Finch and Melanie Plimmer as salaried judges of the Upper Tribunal has been announced today. All three are well known in the immigration law community and their appointment is fantastic news. We will miss Nadine horribly at Garden Court Chambers but wish her the very best.
UPDATE 2: Also now Jill Frances and Doron Blum. There seems to have been no announcement on the latest round of Upper Tribunal deputies to have been appointed, at least some of whom are now sitting. They include my colleagues at Garden Court, Mark Symes and Rebecca Chapman.
These appointments go some way to address the gender imbalance in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal, and may in fact make it one of the most gender balanced parts of HM Courts and Tribunals Service.