Sir Justice Burton (Sir Michael Burton) was first a Scholar at Eton College and then at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics and then Law, obtaining his MA: he was a lecturer in law at Balliol from 1970 to 1973. He was called Burton-J to the Bar in 1970, became a QC in 1984, and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1998.
He had a busy commercial practice in the Queen’s Bench Division, Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Employment Courts, in a wide variety of fields of law. He was Head of Littleton Chambers from 1991 to 1998. He appeared as Counsel not only in the UK and Luxembourg, but also in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, Brunei and the United States.
He sat for a number of years as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, and as an arbitrator and mediator. Since his appointment as a High Court Judge in 1998, he has sat in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, Commercial Court, Administrative Court, Family Division, Revenue List and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, of which he was President from October 2002 to December 2005, and remains a nominated judge.
He is, and has been since 2000, the Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee (pursuant to the Employment Relations Act 1999) and is President of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Tribunal (Vice-President 2000-2013). Until January 2011 he was Chairman of the High Court Judges Association. He was Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2012 and is a Bencher. He has stood for Parliament (in 1974) and is a Fellow of Eton College and an Hon Fellow of Goldsmiths College, London University
He has published articles and was a contributor to Bullen, Leake and Jacob on Civil Pleadings. He is editor of Civil Appeals (Second Edition published in 2013 by Sweet & Maxwell).
He has four daughters and seven grandchildren.