Retired District Judge and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection
Gordon qualified as a solicitor in 1967 after gaining LL.B (Hons) at Manchester University in 1964. He was appointed a District Judge at Preston in 1992 after 28 years of general legal practice in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria and became a Deputy Master of the former Court of Protection in 2001 to hear cases in the north of England and then a nominated judge of the (new) Court of Protection. Before retiring in 2012 he was a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, patron of Solicitors for the Elderly, vice-president of Association of Law Costs Draftsmen and tutor judge at the Judicial College (formerly Judicial Studies Board). He was a part-time Chair of Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1985-2001).
Gordon has written and lectured extensively on topics concerned with older and disabled people and the law. Books include Mental Handicap and the Law, Elderly Client Handbook, Butterworths Older Client Law Service, Elderly People and the Law, Mental Capacity – The New Law and Mental Capacity – Law and Practice. He is general editor of Court of Protection Practice and has contributed to many other volumes including Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Atkins Court Forms and Butterworths Wills Probate and Administration Service.
In 2010 he was awarded the OBE for “Services to the Administration of Justice and to Disabled People”.