Man appears in court charged with mugging High Court judge by the Royal Courts of Justice

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By Katie King on

Mr Justice Knowles was apparently robbed on Middle Temple Lane


A man has appeared in court this morning after allegedly robbing a commercial barrister turned High Court judge near the Royal Courts of Justice.

The Standard reports City of London Magistrates’ Court heard accusations 45-year-old defendant Terry Brown, of Bethnal Green, robbed Sir Robin Knowles CBE QC at approximately 9.30pm on 27 September this year.

Knowles, 56, has been a High Court judge since 2014, where he sits in the Queen’s Bench Division. Before that, he studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge and was called to the bar — specifically Middle Temple — in 1982. Upon his appointment to the judiciary, he was a barrister at South Square Chambers where he specialised in financial law, contract law and company law.

The robbery is alleged to have taken place on Middle Temple Lane, where many of the country’s top chambers and Inns of Court are based. The eminent road has made a number of television appearances in its time, including in Downtown Abbey and an M&S Christmas advert. Even Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, of Mission Impossible and scientology fame, has been spotted hanging around outside the inns.


Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the heart of legal London has fallen foul to criminal behaviour. Earlier this year, a man from North London was charged with criminal damage after some creepy graffiti appeared on the side of the Royal Courts of Justice.

The suspect, 31-year-old Puya Nasr Esfahani, has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 16 February 2017.

Accused mugger Brown — however — has not been bailed. He is yet to enter a plea and has been remanded in custody until a hearing at Inner London Crown Court on 10 January 2017.

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