A barrister at No5 Chambers in Birmingham has been selected to sit as a recorder on the Midland Circuit, taking the total of part-time judges of the Crown Court at the set to 25.
Cheryl Jones, a member of the family and chancery/commercial groups, specialising in property-related family matters, will be sworn in next spring.
The appointment by the Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, will complement Ms Jones’s role as examiner of the court and as deputy district judge.
Ms Jones also lectures in equity and trusts at Westminster University and said her interest in co-habitation and the family home meant she would be ideally placed to deal with the challenges of the job. Ralph Lewis QC, the head of chambers at No5, said: “This appointment is a terrific honour and marks a resounding achievement, which reflects much deserved recognition of Cheryl’s level of expertise.”