Dame Julia Macur: UK’s first female Senior Presiding Judge

The Temple Women’s Forum North and the School of Law welcomes Dame Julia Macur as she reflects on her experiences as the UK’s first female Senior Presiding Judge.

Dame Julia Macur was called to the Bar in 1979 and was a practising barrister in the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1979 and 2005. In 1998 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel, and was Assistant Recorder and then Recorder of the Crown Court between 1995 and 2005 when she was appointed Judge of the High Court of Justice (Family Division). She was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2011. In November 2012, she was appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice and the Secretary of State for Wales to the North Wales Child abuse inquiry. She was appointed as a Lady Justice of Appeal on 31 July 2013. Lady Justice Macur was appointed Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, on 1 January 2016. She was appointed Senior Presiding Judge on 3 April 2017.

Temple Women’s Forum North was created in 2013 by Taryn Lee QC and Professor Iyiola Solanke to extend the aims of the Temple Women’s Forum to legal professionals in the North. The Temple Women’s Forum was founded in 2011 to encourage and support women throughout their careers, so as to increase retention within the profession. It provides a meeting place to focus together on some of the key issues identified as contributing to the decision of many women to leave the profession in the prime of their careers. Although aimed at women practitioners, men are certainly not excluded. The forum is co-chaired by Her Honour Judge Sapnara of Middle Temple and Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor of Inner Temple. More information on Temple Women’s Forum can be found here: https://www.innertemple.org.uk/your-professional-community/temple-womens-forum/

The event is free of charge and all are welcome, but please register via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lady-justice-macur-reflections-from-the-first-female-senior-presiding-judge-tickets-70887038039