Born in Liverpool, Mr Justice Holroyde moved schools several times, following his father’s work for a chain of department stores. He received a scholarship to attend Bristol Grammar School, before going on to study Law here at Wadham College, where he was awarded a further scholarship.
A scholarship from Middle Temple enabled him to study for his Bar finals which he completed in 1977. His early years involved mixed practice in crime, general common law civil and some family work, eventually specialising in crime and personal injuries.
Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996 he practised almost entirely in criminal cases on the Northern Circuit. He was appointed to the High Court in January 2009. From 2012 he was a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit.
He appeared as counsel for the prosecution in the trial that followed the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster and in 2012 Mr Justice Holroyde presided over the seven-month trial of Asil Nadir on fraud charges.
Commenting on this appointment, he said: “None of my education and career would have gone as they did without the financial assistance I received - and for which I am very grateful.”
He is one of seven new Court of Appeal Judges whose appointments were announced on 21 July, 2017.