The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of a Justice of the High Court. The appointment will take effect from 21 April 2020.

The candidate approved as a High Court Judge is Robert Miles QC.

This appointment will fill a vacancy in the High Court following elevations to the Court of Appeal and confirmed retirements.

Robert John Miles QC, will be known as The Honourable Mr Justice Miles. He was Called to the Bar (L) in 1987 and took Silk in 2002. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge sitting in the High Court Chancery Division in 2006.

He will take up appointment on 21 April 2020 consequential to the retirement of Mr Justice Warren.

The Lord Chief Justice will assign Robert Miles QC to the Chancery Division.

Additional info

Cases of interest

Robert has acted in many of the largest financial cases over the last three decades including Maxwell, BCCI, Lehman Brothers, Barings, Equitable Life, Greek debt, Icelandic banks, Irish banks, Madoff, MF Global, Ecclestone, Argentine sovereign debt.

He has recently defended Goldman Sachs against claims by the LIA, and Kaupthing and its former liquidator against claims by the Tchenguiz Brothers.

What the directories and judges say

Chambers and Partners (2017) says:

Stars of The Bar

A pre-eminent company and commercial-focused barrister who is described as being at the “top of his game” and “a class apart”.   “Robert is exceptional.   He has incredible judgment, he is excellent on his feet, is very measured and is willing to call a spade a spade.”    “He’s very good with clients, inspires confidence, and he excites them by being enthusiastic about their case.  He’s very willing to give an opinion and he’s happy to stick his neck out”   “Good to work with, he takes responsibility for things, and the buck stops with him.”

Banking & Finance – Band 1

“Exceptionally well regarded in a diverse range of practice areas, being widely seen as one of a select leading few in company and banking law.”

“He combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgment and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy.   He is full of ideas, inspires huge confidence in clients and is willing to give clear views and be bold.”

Commercial Chancery – Star Individual

“An acclaimed advocate who marries sophisticated technical knowledge with a nuanced and highly praised approach in court. His enviable caseload consists of some of the biggest and most sophisticated cases at the Chancery Bar, many of which are international in scope.” 

“”Robert is exceptional. He has incredible judgement, is excellent on his feet, and is very measured in his approach. He has the ear of the court and inspires confidence in clients – he excites them by being enthusiastic about their case.” “He is a tremendous barrister who is very good at turning technical advice into something that makes sense from the client’s point of view. He’s clear so there’s never any woolliness or messing around.”

Commercial Dispute Resolution – Band 1

“A truly top-end barrister who wins plaudits for his ability to take exceptionally complex legal issues and effectively explain them in simple terms. He is instructed in a broad range of high-profile company law matters, among others.”

“He is a measured advocate who is very good at seeing the overall structure and the broad sweep of a case.” “He combines fantastic technical ability and strategic judgement with user-friendliness and powerful advocacy.”

Company – Star Individual

Has an outstanding reputation at the Bar, particularly in connection with financial, commercial and corporate matters. He is regarded as one of the best litigators in the area and is regularly called upon to handle billion-pound disputes.” 

“At the top of his game.” “He’s quite outstanding and exceptionally clever.”

Fraud:Civil – Band 1

“Handles the most serious civil fraud and asset recovery cases, and is one of the most celebrated barristers at today’s commercial chancery Bar. Leading instructing solicitors constantly seek out his services.”

“What’s really nice about him is how down-to-earth and user-friendly he is, notwithstanding his stellar reputation.” “Robert Miles is a star of the Bar who combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy. He is full of ideas and inspires huge confidence in clients.”

Offshore – Band 2

“Prized by solicitors for his expert ability in offshore financial, commercial and corporate disputes, he has advised on, or appeared in, high-profile financial services litigation throughout his distinguished career.  

“Down-to-earth and user-friendly notwithstanding his superb reputation.”

Career & appointments

Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Deputy High Court Judge.
Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
Member of the LCIA.


Foreign jurisdictions

Member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.
Admitted in the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Seychelles for specific cases.


Consultant Editor of Annotated Companies Legislation (OUP)

Education & awards

MA (Oxon), BCL (Oxon), Diploma in Law (City University)