He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1968, took Silk in 1982, was appointed as a Recorder in 1986 and made a Bencher in 1990. He became a High Court judge three years later, and was Presiding Judge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001, when he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in April 2010.