• Lord David Hope

    The Right Honourable Lord David Hope of Craighead KT

    Chief Justice of ADGM Courts

    The Right Honourable Lord David Hope of Craighead KT was appointed Chief Justice of Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts in October 2015. One of the most respected UK judges with over 50 years of legal, judicial and parliamentary experience, he is responsible for presiding over ADGM’s legal framework through the Court of First Instance and of Appeal. Lord David Hope was a member of the UK’s highest courts for 24 years, serving as the first Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2009 until his retirement in 2013. He is currently the Convener of the Cross Bench Peers in the House of Lords of the UK Parliament. In recognition of his contribution to public office and as a chivalric honour, Lord Hope was appointed a Knight of the Order of The Thistle by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.

  • Kenneth Madison

    The Honourable Kenneth Hayne AC

    Judge of ADGM Courts

    The Honourable Kenneth Madison Hayne AC served as a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1997 to 2015. Prior to joining the High Court, he was one of the founding members and appointees of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, which was established in 1995. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2002. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with honours from the University of Melbourne. Following selection as the Rhodes Scholar for Victoria in 1969, he received a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University (Honours). He is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

  • Sir Peter Blanchard

    The Right Honourable Sir Peter Blanchard KNZM

    Judge of ADGM Courts

    The Right Honourable Sir Peter Blanchard KNZM served as a Judge in the senior courts of New Zealand for 20 years, spending over 16 of those years as an appellate Judge. He was appointed a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and became an original member of the Supreme Court of New Zealand when it replaced the Privy Council as New Zealand’s highest court in 2004, receiving a Knighthood in 2009. Sir Peter gained LL.M degrees from the University of Auckland in 1968 and from Harvard University in 1969. At Harvard, he held both Fulbright and Frank Knox fellowships.

  • Dame Elizabeth

    The Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Gloster Dbe PC

    Judge of ADGM Courts

    The Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Gloster joined ADGM Courts as one of its judges in October 2018. Having held a number of prestigious positions in the UK for over two decades, Dame Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of English Common Law.  

    Dame Elizabeth held the role of a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 to 2004.  She was the first woman in the UK to be appointed as a Commercial Court Judge, before she was a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2004.  Dame Elizabeth joined the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court from 2016 to 2018.  Prior to ADGM, Dame Elizabeth was with the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC, at One Essex Court, Temple, practicing as an international commercial arbitrator. Dame Elizabeth was the Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for the year 2018.

    Dame Elizabeth read Law at Girton College, Cambridge. She is an Honorary Fellow of Girton College and of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

  • William Stone

    William Stone SBS QC

    Judge of ADGM Courts

    William Stone SBS QC was appointed to the High Court of Hong Kong in 1997 and was placed in charge of the Commercial List within the High Court. He ran the Commercial Court for 15 years. In 2011, upon achieving the statutory retirement age of 65, Justice Stone left the High Court Bench. Upon his retirement he was accorded the Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his distinguished service in the judiciary, particularly his handling of heavy and complex cases and his contribution in leading the Commercial Court. He remains active as an international arbitrator and mediates in international commercial disputes. Justice Stone holds the degrees of LL.B and LL.M, and was called to the English Bar as a member of Gray’s Inn. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is an accredited mediator.

  • Lord McGhie



    The Honourable Lord McGhie was appointed to the joint posts of Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Land Tribunal for Scotland in 1996, where he remained until his retirement in 2012. Since 2012, he has been sitting as a part-time judge in the Inner House of the Court of Session – the Scottish civil appeal court. Lord McGhie has always had an interest in the techniques of litigation. In recent times, he has run advocacy training courses for solicitors and acted as an assessor for the Law Society of Scotland in relation to solicitor-advocates. He has also been an instructor or facilitator on judicial training courses. In the Land Court, he took a lead in modernising the court, completely re-writing the rules of court, and providing a guide to the rules and a glossary of terminology designed to assist self-represented litigants.

  • Sir Michael Burton

    Sir Michael Burton


    Sir Michael Burton was appointed a Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England and Wales in 1998.  He was nominated to be a Judge of the Administrative Court and of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 1999, also sitting in the Chancery Division and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).  In 2007 he was nominated to be a Judge of the Commercial Court, where he sat most regularly, and of the Technical and Construction Court.  As President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 2002 to 2005, he was responsible for substantial reforms and changes to that Court’s rules and procedures.  He is President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) (and President of the Interception of Communications Tribunal, one of its predecessors), and was Vice-President of the IPT from 2000-2013.  He has acted as a commercial arbitrator and as a mediator. 

  • The Honorable Sir Andrew Smith

    The Honorable Sir Andrew Smith


    The Honorable Sir Andrew Smith was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England and Wales in July 2000. Shortly after his appointment he was nominated by the Lord Chancellor to sit in the Admiralty Court and in the Commercial Court.  Between 2003 and 2006 he was Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit, with responsibilities for all the courts in the Yorkshire, Humberside and the Tyne and Weir areas of England.  His skills and experience as a commercial judge were recognised when in 2008 he was appointed to be the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court for an extended period, in order that he should supervise reforms to the Court’s new procedures that were introduced following the Report on Procedures for Long Trials.