Lady Justice Eleanor King (a.k.a. ‘The Dyslexic Judge’)

Eleanor KingCurrent position held at the Royal Courts of Justice (a dyslexic judge):

Lady Justice at the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice

(See full profile on University of Hull website or click here)

Current position held at Zeus CDM LLP:

Member of the LLP (since 5 April 2006 and using her maiden name Eleanor Warwick Hamilton) with principal activities: “pursuit of claims against certain third parties in respect of various contractual breached”.  (Certain individuals related to the setting up and running of the scheme prior to CT Services Procurement Limited taking over have now been formally charged.)

Styled:

Lady Justice of Appeal

The Rt Hon Lady Justice King DBE

Former names: Eleanor Warwick Hamilton (married full name Eleanor King and used only once elevated to the judicial office)

Also known as a Judge who puts on “A fantastic charade to cover up her dyslexic condition affecting her reading and writing skills making her oral presentation her true worth”.   Read our blog here.

Pre-written Judgments have been produced and confirmed as such by Lady Justice Eleanor King, making an oral hearing a sham hearing. Click here.

How the dyslexic Lady Justice Eleanor King failed through the cracks to reach her high judicial position in the Court of Appeal? Click here.

Has this Judge made use of her judicial influence and relied on favourism from the government officials to have one of her four daughters (3rd youngest), Frances King married in the summer 2015 and changed her last name becoming Frances Clark, obtained employment in October 2015 at Crown Commercial Service  (CCS is an executive agency, sponsored by the Cabinet Office –  the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury) up the road from the Royal Courts of Justice?

How was this Judge able to keep a number of jobs while also holding judicial positions and in breach of the Ministry of Justice employment requirements for a full-time Judge?  How was this Judge able to put her 4 daughters through schools with expensive tuition fees and also attend to her late alcoholic brother’s family (3 children), all of whom claimed to have lived in poverty following the abuse of alcohol by this Judge’s brother and loss of his work? Was bribery involved as she already proved to have taken bribery from barrister Richard Colbey with Lamb Chambers in 2012?  (A matter for the Serious Fraud Office to investigate.) 

Queen Margaret’s School Escrick Park York YO19 6EU:

“We are delighted to announce that HM The Queen has been pleased to approve OM Dame Eleanor King (Hamilton 1969-1975) as a Lady Justice of Appeal.  The appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of the Court of Appeal are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor following the recommendation of an independent selection panel chaired by the Lord Chief Justice.   Mrs Justice King was Head Girl at QM and from 1992 to 2011 was Chairman of the Governors. All four of her daughters were educated at QM. She was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1979. She became Queen’s Counsel in 1999. She was appointed Assistant Recorder in 1996–2000; Recorder in 2000–08; a Deputy High Court Judge, 2000–08 and appointed as a High Court Judge in the Family Division since 2008 to date. Eleanor has been a Member of Chapter, York University and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2004 and received a Hon. D Laws Hull in 2011. We send Eleanor our warmest congratulations.”

Nationality:

American (British by marriage to Tom King)

Date of birth and family:

13 September 1957

Homebase:  Honeysuckle Cottage, Crimple Lane, Harrogate

London base:  living expenses paid by the Taxpayers in addition to her judicial salary of £200,661

Parents: Irish living in New Orleans at the time Eleanor Warwick Hamilton was born;  mother Margaret Gibson Fox [aka Dr Margaret Hamilton (PHD ? research) born 11 August 1928 – died 18 March 1994,  moved to Yorkshire (consultant pathology post in Harrogate) buried in Harlow Hill, Harrogate; Irish father – Selby William Guy Hamilton born Nov 1929; Step mother – Linda Hamilton.

Sibling: Gary Hamilton (born 3 June 1955 – died 4 May 2003) died from the effects of alcoholism (“…left a wife and three young children; went into ‘rehab’ several times and for a year managed to avoid alcohol.  Only his eldest child remembers that happy time.  The children’s memories are of living with an alcoholic father; his unpredictability, the embarrassment, the financial consequences of his losing his job. They were angry with him for not ‘stopping drinking’ and, when he died, racked with guilt for having been angry.  As a family we did our best, but there was little professional support for his wife and children and we were inconsistent, swerving between sympathy and so called ‘tough love“) with memorial donations made to Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas; married and divorced Kimberly Hamilton (or known as Kim Hamilton) originally from Pretty Prairie, Kansas, USA now living in Wichita, Kansas, USA and works in the English Department at Wichita State University; children: James Selby Hamilton, Claire Elizabeth Hamilton (now Claire Yost after marriage to Jordan Randal Yost or J Randal Yost of Wichita, Kansas on 19 July 2014) and Emily Margaret Hamilton all of Wichita.

Married:  David Tom King in 1981 (known as Tom King), University of Hull graduate law school (1973-1976);  met during her first-year as a student;  Secretary of the Law Society; works as Clerk (Director of Administration and Compliance) at Queen Margaret’s School, York; official title Clerk Mr D T King; contact for the School Governors (Clerk Mr D T King at tking@queenmargarets.com).

Children:  4 daughters  (all attending Queens Margaret School in York where both mother and father in charge of admissions and board of governors)

Philippa King educated at Durham University and married in September 2014 to Scottish hornpipe & jig piper Jamie Forrester (becoming Philippa Forrester);

Margaret King (nicknamed Mog) educated at Durham University and works as Project Manager at Charityshare Ltd since September 2015;

Frances King educated at Fettes College and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Princess Eugenie of York attending University) married in June 2015 Rob Clark (becoming Frances Clark) and since October 2015 works at Crown Commercial Service (Spend Transition and Change & Transformation), and

Harriet King (nicknamed Harri) also educated at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, former intern at the Office of Tony Blair and works as Country Risk Analyst at Standard Chartered Bank since March 2013.

Disability:     [Read our blog here.]

Dyslexic (reading and writing insufficiencies and best at oral presentations only).  Confirmed by University of Hull. Click here.

A person has a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day to day activities.‘ (Equality Act 2010). ‘Substantial’ is regarded as more than trivial.

Dyslexia is not a medical condition as such  but is recognised by the Equality Act 2010 as a disability. During the  appointment process all candidates are asked whether they have a disability as  defined by the Equality  Act 2010, and if so what reasonable adjustments they consider may be required to  assist them in their post. Evidently Mrs Justice King did not require assistance  in order to fulfil the duties of the post and so she was not  obliged to notify  us, nor disclose the matter publicly.” (Mrs Kerry Lynch |Courts and Tribunals |Judicial Appointments Team | Pre-Appointments Advisor |  Judicial Office | 10th  Floor Thomas More Building | Royal Courts of Justice |  Strand | WC2A 2LL)

Dyslexic symptoms as they are manifested and confirmed by the British Dyslexia Association:

“(Difficulties arising from Dyslexia…vary considerably from person to person, but the areas of difficulty listed below are typical and will impact on the individual’s ability to participate fully in their court or tribunal hearing.)
Information Processing: Difficulties taking in information efficiently (this could be written or auditory); Slow speed of information processing, such as a ‘penny dropping’ delay between hearing something and understanding and responding to it.
Memory:   Difficulties taking in information efficiently (this could be written or auditory); Slow speed of information processing, such as a ‘penny dropping’ delay between hearing something and understanding and responding to it.
Communication Skills: Lack of verbal fluency, lack of precision in speech (giving the impression of evasiveness); Inability to work out what to say quickly enough, word-finding problems; Misunderstandings or misinterpretations during oral exchanges; Difficulty in judging or modulating tone of delivery, often either too loud or too quiet; Sometimes mispronunciations or a speech impediment may be evident; Sudden verbal abuse can be the panic reaction of someone with Asperger Syndrome.
Literacy:  Erratic spelling and/or awkward or illegible handwriting; Even if reading skills are adequate, ‘digesting’ written material, skimming through documentation or easily locating a piece of information in a court bundle is very challenging; Particular difficulty with unfamiliar types of language such as legal terminology, acronyms; Difficulty with reading because of visual stress: symptoms include a ‘glare’ from white paper, difficulty in keeping the place on the page, apparent print distortions and eye strain Visual stress can be exacerbated by fluorescent lighting, cramped text or white paper.
Sequencing, Organisation and Time Management: Difficulty presenting a sequence of events in a logical, structured way; Incorrect sequencing of number and letter strings; Tendency to misplace items, disorganisation, muddling dates or times; Poor time management and particular difficulties in estimating the passage of time.
Orientation: Difficulty with finding the way to places or navigating the way round an unfamiliar building.
Concentration: Weak listening skills, a limited attention span, inability to remain focused; A tendency to be easily distracted; Sensations of mental overload / ‘switching off’.
Sensory Sensitivity:  A heightened sensitivity to noise and visual stimuli; Impaired ability to screen out background noise or movement.
Lack of awareness:  Failure to realise the consequence of their speech or actions; Failure to take account of body language; Missing the implication of what they are told or interpreting it over-literally.
The Effects of Stress:  People with Specific Learning Difficulties are usually debilitated by stressful situations (such as a court or tribunal appearance) because stress further exacerbates areas of difficulty and undermines coping strategies. Heightened susceptibility to the effects of stress is a well-documented feature of Specific Learning Difficulties.”

Charity supporter:Read the transcripts of a court hearing in the case of Vlad v Vlad before the dyslexic Mrs Justice Eleanor King in High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice (as she was known then and prior to her elevation to the Court of Appeal in September 2014 when she became Lady Justice Eleanor King; her dyslexic condition was not known at the time of the hearing but suspicion of inadequacy and bias was strongly manifested by the Judge). Click here.

Action on Addiction  (charity which supports the families of addicts)

Employment:

1979 – 1996 Barrister-at-Law, No 6 Chambers in Leeds (pupil of Shaun Spencer QC “fourth place on the ‘21 Hottest Regional Male Barristers list’. Women who compiled it referred to “his smouldering Twitter picture”; born 4 February 1944, Cockburn HS, Univ of Durham (LLB), Open Univ (Dip))

Click here or see full storShaun Spencer QChere for  the News “Judge Shaun Spencer praises Bradford Crown Court on his retirement” (3 February 2014) [circuit judge (NE Circuit) 2002-14]

His Honour Judge Shaun Spencer QC (70) was called to the Bar (L) in 1968, took silk in 1988 and was elected as a Bencher in 1997. He was appointed a Recorder in 1985 and a Legal Member of the Restricted Patients Panel (Mental Health Review Tribunal) in 1999 (now known as Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Care Chamber)). He was appointed a deputy High Court Judge in 1999, a Circuit Judge in 2002 and Designated Civil Judge for Bradford from 2008 to 2012.”  Click here.

1980(s) -1996 Barrister -at-Law, also at chambers Deans Court Manchester and London (family law: children matters and high-net-worth divorces involving the distribution of assets frequently exceeding £30 million)
1992 – 2011 Chairman of the Governors
1992 – 2013 Director, Queen Margaret’s School, York Limited
1996 Assistant Recorder
1996 – 2013 Director, Queen Margaret’s School (York) Charitable Fund (dissolved)
1997 – present Director, Queen Margaret’s School (York) 1997 Limited
2000 Deputy High Court Judge
2006 – present Member at Zeus CDM LLP and Lawyer (click here or click here for full public LinkedIn profile)
2008 – 2014 High Court Judge, Court of Protection and Bencher of Inner Temple (received Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE): Dame Eleanor changed her last name to King)
2014 – present Lady Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice (8 women out of 41 judges at the Court of Appeal)  (Click here or here for the official announcement)

 

Judicial Salary:

Justice of the High Court – 2011 to 2014 was from £172,753 to £176,226 plus all other payments in relation to London Weighting and appropriate travelling and subsistence allowances incurred whilst on judicial business such as travel, lodging, food, conferences, dinner/events attendances etc paid in addition to the judicial salary. Ministry of Justice stated that “these are not financial gains, but allowances to defray costs legitimately incurred whilst on judicial business“. For government confirmed statistics click here (2011 – 2013)and here (2012 – 2014).

Justice of the Court of Appeal – 2014 -2015 is in the amount of £200,661 plus all other payments in relation to London Weighting and appropriate travelling and subsistence allowances incurred whilst on judicial business such as travel, lodging, food, conferences, dinner/events attendances etc paid in addition to the judicial salary. Ministry of Justice stated that “these are not financial gains, but allowances to defray costs legitimately incurred whilst on judicial business“. For government confirmed statistics click here.

Education:

1969 – 1975 Queen Margaret’s School, Erick Park, York (school for girls)
1975 – 1978

Faculty of Law Undergraduate, University of Hull (mentored by Professor Hugh Bevan who “encouraged and inspired a generation of family lawyers, and, in her case, saw beyond the dyslexia that marred her student written work and believed that her oral presentation reflected her true worth“)Professor bevan_hugh

Click here or see full story here of the history of University of Hull (“In 1974, a most notable development saw the establishment of the Faculty of Law….This seemingly important development coincided with the appointment of Professor H. K. Bevan, as the first Dean of the Faculty of Law. Under his influential leadership, the Law School witnessed a sustainable growth period, with student numbers reaching 250 in total for all three years, exclusively on undergraduate Law programmes. Under the stewardship of Professor Bevan the Faculty continued to grow until the eighties, expanding its services to students by offering its LLB Degree on a part-time basis and introducing postgraduate degrees in law.”)

1978 Inner Temple (Barrister-at-Law)

Honorary Awards:

27 January 2011

Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa – in recognition of her distinguished career in law.   Click here or see full story

Nominations for the Award of An Honorary Degree:

Professor Christopher H. Bovis JD, MPhil, LLM, FRSA, H.K. Bevan Chair in Law, Law School, University of Hull.

Cick here for the form.

Associations and Memberships:

1999 Queens Counsel (QC)
2006 Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – designed and chaired their academic programme in Krakow in 2007;  European Chapter Strategic Meeting (London 2013)

Best known for these law cases:

As a barrister – Eleanor Hamilton QC

Re: B (persuaded the court that it had jurisdiction to authorise doctors to sterilise a mentally incapacitated young woman)

High net worth Ancillary Relief cases involving assets often in excess of £50 million successfully undertaken

Cases where there was a medical element in particular shaking, suffocation and factitious illness cases

Case where there was a mix up at a fertility clinic resulting in a white mother inadvertently having her eggs fertilised not with the gametes of her husband, but of those of a black man:   Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust v A and others  Click here.

(Two barristers from the above matter  Peter Jackson QC and Judith Parker QC were also elevated to the High Court of the Family Division in 2010 and 2008, respectively.)

Acting for the Local Authority in  Re O and N (children) (non accidental injury) Re B (children) (non accidental injury) [2003] UKHL 18   Click here.

(All QCs from the above matter were made Judges. Ernest Ryder QC as known at the time was elevated to the High Court in 2004 and known as Mr Justice Ryder with the appointment in 2011 to also oversee the modernisation of the family justice system; since 2013 he is well known as Lord Justice Ryder at the Court of Appeal.)

Legal Aid beneficiary barrister:   “QC gets £606,000 in legal aid fees- Labour peer tops list of barristers earning hundreds of thousands a year from civil fund”   Click here.

As a Judge – Eleanor King LJ

High net worth Ancillary Relief cases

Allowed the press to identify the parties in the case of 13 year old “Alfie”   Click here.

‘Man with learning difficulties to be sterilised in unprecedented court ruling’.  Sanctioning sterilisation of a disabled man, 36, because it was in his ‘best interests’   Click here.

Consistent judicial inadequacies and false statements presented in court to cover up her dyslexic disability; allows the other party’s direct access barrister, ie Richard Colbey with Lamb Chambers to beg for his forgiveness not to make his client disclose his assets as the law required of him and barrister who did not know the difference between a Deputy District Judge and District Judge causing confusion to the court; allowed the barrister to run the case for her in court as she has never been prepared for the hearing and did not know where to start;  in High Court was late half a day for the scheduled hearing (months in advance) and failed to acknowledge her failure to attend court acting biased towards the wife when she shouted at her and made up non-existent comments; unnecessarily increased the litigation costs;  did not know what she had to read and due to her anxiety caused by her dyslexia she wanted to finish the case before it even started; disregarded the law on disclosure and evidence; ruled out the case as it did not involved millions; and possibly allowed her clerk to produce a Judgment not incorporating any findings of facts as found by her on the day of the hearing which was contradictory all the evidence in the case.

Actual Hearing Transcript of 20th February 2012 where Ms Justice Eleanor King misbehaved:

“I know it is listed for one day….The Judge does not get the file and start trying to read through the file.…I have not had a chance to read….I want to know what this appeal is about…”

“I want to know what you want me to read and I also want to know how long this appeal is going to take!”

“But who can afford a retrial? You want this whole thing to be heard again from the beginning?”

“We are not talking about a case where we have hundreds of millions of pounds!”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. All right.”

 

 

Known for:

1. shouting in court (anxious to finish the case before it starts and refuses to provide the due judicial care and diligence to divorce cases if they do not involve millions of pounds);

2. acceptance in court for not preparing before the hearing and recognising that she knew nothing about the matter she was to decide upon;

3. assumption of facts and events rather than reading the material submitted to the court;

4. intentionally providing false and misleading statements in court so as to finalise a case and remove it from the list;

5. judicial failure for drafting and or reading her Judgment prepared in her name by her clerk prior to its approval;

6. missing the morning of a scheduled hearing and pretending not to know that it was her fault, thus forcing the parties to attend court the next day and incur further cost;

7. breaching s. 75, Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 when acting as a lawyer while holding a judicial position;

(Click here for the LinkedIn profile and click here for Ministry of Justice response on prohibition on practice.)

8. pretending to hold fair hearings as she brings pre-written Judgments into the Court of Appeal which are read (stumbling through the words) at the end of the hearing;

9. providing legal advice to litigants in person that after refusal of the appeal it is the end of the road;

10. her behaviour in the Court of Appeal which is very different and not in line with the behaviour of the other Judges in the same court;

11. having been diagnosed with dyslexia from an early age and having it hidden from the Ministry of Justice, the Family Court and the public until it was confirmed by University of Hull and discovered on 3rd June 2014;

12. being used by the legal professionals (i.e. barristers) who are aware of her dyslexic disability and inability to read/comprehend all the legal material provided to her, thus drawing unlawful advantages and favours from her to win their cases;

13. favouring American citizens and a party in the proceedings with a medical condition.

Contributions to the Legal System – changes required to the system to accommodate disabled judges:

None other than failures.  How Justices who fail to disclose their disability on the employment form with the Ministry of Justice are to be investigated for their judicial failures. What are the consequences?

How the Judicial System is to cope with inadequately prepared and incapable Justices who fail to properly discharge their judicial duties resulting in increased liabilities against the government.

 “Jungle Judges” and today “Unfit Judges”?  What to do with unfit judges today as shipping them to commonwealth countries no longer works?

Behaviour while sitting as a Lady Justice at the Court of Appeal:

Attends court with pre-written Judgments, cannot find documents in court bundles, looses focus in court, smiles uncontrollably and confirms positively with her body language at barristers as they present their case, agrees frequently with barristers while frequently lacking interaction with litigants in person, focuses on the door rather than on the matter in court, pretends to read with speed paragraphs in court while being diagnosed a dyslexic and unable to read with the same speed as any other individual not dyslexic, finds herself waking up from time to time to read a paragraph while tripping over words to make herself known in court when sitting with other Judges, causes intimidation to litigants in person, gives legal advice which is wrong on all levels.

See our Blog stories:

A tale of two courtrooms: Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lord Justice McFarlane (28/10/2014)

A new Court of Appeal judge: Lady Justice Eleanor King flying solo at the Courts of Appeal (24/10/2014)

High Court judge asked to make legal history by ordering man with learning difficulties to have vasectomy  (2 AUG 2013)   – not yet known by the public and Ministry of Justice for being dyslexic with inability to read and write as prescribed to any person in a position of authority – Judge  (her disability was discovered on 3rd June 2014)