Sir Keith Lindblom became a High Court judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, in October 2010. In January 2013 he was appointed President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and in April 2014 the first Planning Liaison Judge – the lead judge of the then newly formed Planning Court. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in November 2015, and was sworn of the Privy Council in February 2016.
He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1980, and the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2002. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996, a Recorder in 2001, and a deputy High Court judge in 2009. He has been a Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2003.
At the Bar he practised mainly in the law relating to planning, the environment, local government, and compulsory purchase and compensation. He was a founding member, and is now an Honorary Member, of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association, and is also an Honorary Member of the Parliamentary Bar Mess. As a High Court judge, he sat mostly in the Administrative Court and latterly the Planning Court, dealing with proceedings in a wide range of public law work, including claims for judicial review and statutory challenges relating to planning decisions made by local planning authorities and the Secretary of State. In the Court of Appeal he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Planning, in succession to Lord Justice Sullivan.