Sir Robin Knowles CBE is a Judge of the Commercial Court in 2015. A designated Judge of the Financial List, he also sits in the Administrative Court and other Queen’s Bench work, including crime. He is a former Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association of England & Wales and of Advocate (the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and the National Pro Bono Centre. Within the HMCTS Reform Programme he chairs the Litigants in Person Engagement Group (LIPEG). Sir Robin was awarded the CBE in 2007 for service to pro bono legal services. Outside the law, and before his appointment to the High Court bench, he chaired the UK umbrella charity in the children’s palliative care and children’s hospice sector.
David Philip Pannick, Baron Pannick, QC, is a leading barrister, and crossbencher in the House of Lords. He practises mainly in the areas of public law and human rights. He has argued over 130 cases before the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and its replacement, the Supreme Court, as well as cases before the European Court of Justice, and European Court of Human Rights. He has been a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford since 1978, and became an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford in September 2004. He has written widely on legal matters, including a fortnightly column on legal matters for The Times, and was co-author with Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC editions of Human Rights Law and Practice.