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Baker McKenzie lawyer, 32, becomes one of the UK’s youngest judges

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Jason Raeburn

A fresh-faced City lawyer has become one of the UK’s youngest judges at just 32.

Jason Raeburn, a senior associate in the London office of Baker McKenzie, has been elevated to the part-time role of deputy master in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Raeburn completed a LLB at the University of Bristol before undertaking a postgraduate diploma in intellectual property (IP) law at Oxford University, according to his LinkedIn. He trained at Bakers, qualifying in 2012, and is a senior associate in the global outfit’s IP team.

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Legal Cheek has long documented the appointments of baby-faced bench-goers.

Earlier this year we reported how criminal solicitor Briony Clarke — who entered the history books when, in 2017, she was sworn in as a deputy district judge at just 31-years-old — had been elevated to full district judge status.

Elsewhere, criminal barrister Richard Archer was appointed a recorder at 32, while Anna Midgley took up her spot on the bench at 33. Other examples include lawyer duo Ita Farrelly and Adem Muzaffer, who secured judicial roles at 32 and 34, respectively.

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13 Comments

mark

this is amazing, but can someone enlighten me why one would make this transition? wouldnt he make 3 times more in baker or another firm.

Anon

He’s a Deputy. It’s part time.

fdfd

No one becomes a judge for the money in all fairness. It’s definitely a big financial sacrifice for him to take that step at 32 though.

Alan

He’s sitting as a deputy master; that is to say part time. So he can still continue to work in his primary job.

I’m not sure how many sitting days they ask for the days. Used to be a minimum of 20; but that’s probably easy enough to work around.

Anon

Not everyone is in it for the money?

Anonymous

I am in it for the cash. And the sex. But mainly the cash.

anon

I’m assuming the double taxation wouldn’t help his pockets!

Brighter

It’s amazing how well all these young people are doing – what’s the common denominator?

Anonymous

Youth

Maths Whizz

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Archibald Pomp O'City

All the burning jealousy below the line here sickens me. Those who are less and older shit on the better and younger.

Normal person

I don’t care

Abnormal Person

Cared enough to comment though, dintcha?

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