Mr Justice Michael Soole is the Reader of The Inner Temple in 2023. He has been a High Court Judge (King's Bench Division) since November 2015, hearing a wide range of civil and criminal cases. In January 2022, Mr Justice Soole was appointed as Judge in Charge of the King's Bench Division Civil List.
Before his judicial appointment, Mr Justice Soole was a barrister for 37 years, being Called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in 1977 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002. His practice included a specialisation in professional negligence and construction law. He was Chair of TECBAR (the Technology and Construction Bar Association) and a member of the Bar Council.
Appointed as a Governing Bencher in 2008, Mr Justice Soole served on the Advocacy Training Committee (Chair, 2012-14), the Library Committee (Vice Chair, 2016-2018), the Education & Training Committee, the Scholarships Committee, the Outreach Committee and the Student Societies Committee. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2022.
Mr Justice Soole was also a member of the Advocacy Training Council (now Inns of Court College of Advocacy) and has been an advocacy trainer for many years, teaching at home and overseas – including the UN in New York, The Hague, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Mauritius.