Press release

Appointment of Vice President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Her Majesty The Queen has by Letters Patent appointed Mr Justice Philip Sales as Vice President to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is charged with investigating and determining complaints and human rights claims against the intelligence agencies and other public bodies.

Mr Justice Sales, who is a judge in the High Court of Justice, joins Mr Justice Burton who was appointed as President last October and 7 other senior members of the legal profession. He was called to the bar in 1985, became QC in 2006 and was First Treasury Counsel up until 2008.

Her Majesty The Queen has also appointed Mrs Justice Sue Carr to the Tribunal, bringing the number of Tribunal Members to 10. Mrs Justice Carr is a serving High Court judge.

Mr Justice Sales - Vice President

Mr Justice Philip Sales is a judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division. He was called to the Bar in 1985. He served as a Recorder from 1999 to 2008. He was appointed First Treasury Junior Counsel (Common Law) in 1997 and (upon becoming a QC in 2006) became First Treasury Counsel (Common Law). He served in that post until he was appointed to the High Court Bench in 2008. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Boundary Commission for England and a member of the Panel of Chairmen at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He was appointed as Vice President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on 24 February 2014.

Mrs Justice Carr

Mrs Justice Sue Carr is a judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division. She was called to the Bar in 1987, became Queen’s Counsel in 2003 and was appointed a Recorder in 2009. She was chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association in 2007 and 2008 and chairman of the Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board from 2008 to 2010 before becoming head of her chambers in 2012. In April 2011 she was appointed Commissioner to the Disciplinary Board for counsel intervening in proceedings before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. She was appointed a High Court Judge on 14 June 2013. She is a governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a member of the board of the Judicial College.

Published 13 March 2014