Dame Cheema-Grubb is an alumna of the Inns of Court School of Law - The City Law School’s predecessor.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published

High Court Justice, the Hon Mrs Justice Dame Bobbie Cheema-Grubb, was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) at The City Law School’s graduation ceremony at the Barbican Centre on Friday 14th July 2023.

Those nominated for City, University of London's Honorary Doctorates have achieved high professional or academic distinction in their fields, and are considered outstanding role models for City's students.

Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb received her Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her outstanding career at the Bar specialising in Criminal and Public Law work, and her continuing career as a High Court Judge.


Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb is Judge of the High Court, King’s Bench Division.

She grew up in Leeds, attending the City of Leeds School, before proceeding to King's College London to complete her LLB degree.

Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb is an alumna of the Inns of Court School of Law - The City Law School’s predecessor - where she received her Bar training. She was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1989.

In 2006, Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb became the first Asian woman to be appointed a Junior Treasury Counsel. A year later she became a Recorder. In 2013, she was appointed a Queen's Counsel. She also served as Senior Treasury Counsel and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court judge.

Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb chaired the Advocacy Training Council working group that produced the report Raising the Bar: The Handling of Vulnerable Witnesses, Victims and Defendants in Court.

She was sworn in on 25th November 2015 as a High Court Judge. Between 2019 and 2022, she was a Presiding Judge of the South-East Circuit. She now leads the Judiciary’s International Training.

Mrs Justice Dame Cheema-Grubb has been married to Russell Paul Stephen Grubb since 1990, and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son, Hugo Cheema-Grubb, who studied for his GDL at City in 2022.

Outside of her work in the law courts, she enjoys art, architecture, the theatre and walking.


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