Chris Whiteley, Senior Partner at Salisbury and Southampton based Trethowans Solicitors, has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge by the Lord Chancellor, following a rigorous selection process.
Chris had to submit a detailed application form and sit an exam. He was then invited to an interview and also had to be monitored whilst dealing with two mock hearings. All candidates were judged on merit alone, measured by five core qualities: intellectual capacity; personal qualities (integrity, independence, judgment, decisiveness, objectivity, ability; willingness to learn); ability to understand and deal fairly; authority and communication skills; and efficiency.
Chris has been appointed to the South East Region and will, once he has completed further training, sit as a Deputy District Judge in the London Region.
Commenting on his appointment, Chris said; “I am proud to be part of the UK judicial system. I wanted to contribute in a wider role which will allow me to use the skills and experience I have acquired over 20 years of practicing as a litigation lawyer. Being appointed as a Deputy District Judge is a real honour and I look forward to working as part of judiciary.”
Chris remains committed to Trethowans and his clients and will continue to be a vital member of the firms’ management team. His appointment as a Deputy District Judge is a part time role.
Ian Singleton, a Partner in Trethowans’ Commercial Litigation team, was also appointed as an Assistant Deputy Coroner for Wiltshire & Swindon in April 2009.