The Rt Hon Lady Justice Sarah Asplin

Honorary Fellow

Dame Sarah Asplin is one of Britain’s most senior female Judges and was one of the first women to be appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division.

Growing up in Southampton, Dame Sarah was educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (Law, 1979) before her time at the Hall. She was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1984 specialising in pensions law, professional negligence and trusts disputes, and was appointed both a Queen’s Counsel and Master of the Bench (2002). She was also the first female tenant and first female Head of Chambers.

She has been involved in many high profile pensions cases, including PNPF v Taylor & Ors which was about the huge deficit in the industry wide pension scheme for ships’ pilots and a derivatives case (Property Alliance Group V Royal Bank of Scotland) which was concerned with alleged rigging of the LIBOR rate in London.

Justice Asplin is also an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College and in 2013 Dame Sarah was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.