High Court Judge
Sir Stephen Irwin was born in Belfast and went to state school there. In 1972 he won a scholarship to Cambridge to read English Literature. He later switched to study law and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1976. As a barrister and then a QC he was involved in criminal cases and many civil claims, particularly focussing on medical negligence, drug cases and personal injury. He represented all the families of those who died of BSE: “mad cow” disease. He represented hundreds of soldiers and sailors suffering psychological damage from war or conflict.
He was Chairman of the Bar for 2004, and then became a High Court Judge in 2006 and a member of the Court of Appeal 2016. He has tried many murder cases, and many cases dealing with Top Secret evidence, as well as the whole range of civil claims.