The Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE


The Rt Hon Baroness Heather Carol Hallett DBE was called to the Bar in 1972. In 1989 she became a QC and was the first woman to chair the Bar Council in 1998. After becoming a Presiding Judge, she was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2005 and was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in 2013. Baroness Hallett acted as Coroner at the inquest into the deaths of the 52 victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, and was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 2015 to conduct the “Review into On the Runs”. In April 2019 Baroness Hallett was appointed the Chair of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel. In August 2019, Baroness Hallett was appointed to conduct individual fatality investigations assigned to her from time to time, with her agreement, by the Ministry of Defence. She was made a Life Peer in September 2019.