Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2024

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Sir Rabinder Singh


A HIGH-FLYER who has always been seen as something of a trailblazer is now regarded as one of the pillars of the legal establishment. With expertise spanning common law, human rights and privacy law, Sir Rabinder Singh’s illustrious forty-plus year career encompassing roles as both lawyer and judge underscores his unwavering commitment to fairness, equality and human rights. His deep comprehension of complex legal intricacies, spanning areas such as judicial review, equality, privacy, human rights, criminal law and international law, strengthens his reputation as a formidable legal authority, celebrated for his keen insight. Throughout his career, Singh has represented a diverse array of individuals and organisations, advocating for their rights, including those accused of terrorist offences, and advocating on behalf of non-governmental bodies such as Liberty, and governmental entities. Currently holding the positions as Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal and president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Singh’s tenure as a Judge has been marked by a steadfast dedication to fairness and empathy. Emphasising the role of judges as guardians of the rule of law, he underscores the imperative for the common law to adapt to societal needs while upholding democratic values. Singh attributes his success to pivotal opportunities, namely, earning a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, and obtaining an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley. Reflecting on his educational journey, he acknowledges the invaluable influence of American legal perspectives, particularly in understanding law within its social and political context. Called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1989, Singh’s ascent in the legal realm has been impressive. Becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and then assuming key judicial roles, including Deputy High Court judge and recorder of the Crown Court, his trajectory culminated in his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2017 and president

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