Sheffield lawyer Carl Jones has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge.

Carl, who is a partner at Broomhall-based MD Law, which specialises in business recovery, insolvency and dispute resolution, will work on the North Eastern circuit from later this year after completing his induction.

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon, appointed Carl to the position, and he has been allocated to the Humber and South Yorkshire cluster of courts.

Alongside this appointment, Carl will continue to practise at MD Law acting for insolvency practitioners and other corporate and individual clients on litigious matters.

Carl, who joined MD Law in 2015 and became a partner in 2019, said: “I was surprised, but really pleased, to be appointed on the first time of applying. The application included a rigorous qualifying process, which featured tests, assessments and an interview. I am now hoping to apply many of my day-job skills to the position and look forward to starting later this year.”

A Deputy District Judge, who works part-time, sits in both public hearings and in private, and is expected to sit 30 days a year.

The position’s main activities include preparing for trial and hearing actions, handling applications in the course of proceedings, determining applications on paper and deciding claims by finding facts and applying the relevant law to give a reasoned judgment.

Founder and partner of MD Law Matthew Dixon said: “We warmly congratulate Carl on his judicial appointment. His strong decision making and sound judgement will serve him well.”