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Lady Black: Meet the former Penrhos pupil in one of the country's top judicial positions

Lady Black: Meet the former Penrhos pupil in one of the country's top judicial positions

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has risen to one of the most prominent positions within the judicial system.

Jill Margaret Black – The Right Honourable Lady Black of Derwent DBE - is now widely recognised as one of the most influential judges operating anywhere in the country after an outstanding career to date.

Lady Black attended Penrhos College in North Wales before studying at Durham University.

The first lawyer in her family, her initial career at the Bar involved a broad range of criminal and civil work, although she later specialised in family law.

For a period in the 1980s she taught law at Leeds Polytechnic, and Lady Black was also a founding author of the definitive guide to family law practice in England and Wales, and continues to serve as a consulting editor.

Lady Black was appointed to the High Court in 1999, assigned to the Family Division. Her increasing influence within the sector was further reflected in her appointment as the Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board's Family Committee, until her appointment as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner in 2008.

This is a position Lady Black held until 2013, and she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal in 2010. She was previously Head of International Family Justice.

She was previously Head of International Family Justice and was given the role of Justice of The Supreme Court in October 2017.

Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “Lady Black’s incredible success is serving as a superb inspiration for our current pupils that are aiming to follow in her footsteps.

“She is one of a large number of industry leaders and successful professionals who built a solid foundation from which to build a tremendous career at Rydal Penrhos, and hopefully this is something that can continue with the next generation of our wonderful pupils."

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