28 January 2019

Judicial Appointment

Everyone at St Mary’s Chambers is delighted to congratulate Matthew O’Grady on his appointment as a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal. His appointment was confirmed on Friday 25th January 2019 by the Judicial Office and Judicial Appointments Commission. At 30 years old, Matthew becomes one the youngest people to ever be appointed to judicial office.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder, the Senior President of Tribunals, has assigned Matthew to sit within the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. The Chamber has broad jurisdiction; from exercising significant powers in the mental health field, having a responsibility to balance the liberty of the detained subject with potentially serious risks to the patient, their families and the public; to hearing appeals against decisions of the Secretary of State to restrict or bar individuals from working with children or vulnerable adults and decisions to cancel, vary or refuse registration of certain health, childcare and social care provision.

Matthew will be sworn in during the coming weeks. He will be sitting on a fee-paid basis and will continue his practice at the Bar alongside performing the duties of his new judicial office.