His Honour Judge Edward Hess

Portsmouth Family Court

Edward was called to the bar in 1985, having read mathematics and then law at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Middle Temple as a Jules Thorn scholar and became a tenant at Harcourt Chambers in 1986. 

He practised as a money specialist until being appointed as a District Judge in the Principal Registry of the Family Division, later the Central Family Court, in London in 2010, where he headed up the Financial Remedies Unit. In 2015 he was made a Circuit Judge, sitting in Hampshire and Wiltshire. In 2016 he was made a Deputy High Court Judge. 

He co-authors two textbooks (Pensions on Divorce and Dictionary of Financial Remedies) and regularly lectures (including to the Judicial College) and writes (including for Family Law) on family law topics.