Andrew Mawdsley, a senior associate at Yorkshire law firm Berwins, has been appointed as a deputy district judge in the North Eastern Circuit.
Sitting in the North and West Yorkshire cluster of courts, including those in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, Mawdsley will combine his judicial duties with his day job as head of the Berwins dispute resolution team.
The appointment will see Mawdsley sit in county courts and in a range of civil and family law cases, from claims for damages, to insolvency matters and proceedings involving property.
Mawdsley said: “I’m honoured to have received this prestigious appointment and am looking forward to embracing this new and challenging role.”
“As a litigation specialist, spending time in court is not unusual for me and my team and I believe that my experience in supporting clients to assert their rights will be a significant benefit in my role as a deputy district judge.”
Reflecting on the appointment, Berwins managing director Sarah Smith added “We’re proud that Andrew has been selected for this important role our country’s legal system.”
“The appointment process is a rigorous and highly competitive one and it is a testament to Andrew’s talents as a solicitor that he has joined the select few who receive the Lord Chief Justice’s appointment.”