Dame Linda Dobbs was called to the Bar in 1981. She took silk in 1998 and was appointed a high court judge in October 2004, being the first person from an ethnic minority background to be appointed to the high court. She is the immediate past Chair of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board, Director of International Training at the Judicial College and Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity. She is on the panel of judges approved to sit as acting judges of the Grand Court of the Grand Cayman. She is on the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and chairs its Ethics Policy Committee and holds five honorary doctorates.
She is a contributing and consultant editor to a number of legal publications. She has lectured extensively to law students, lawyers, magistrates, judges, police and other professionals on various aspects of the justice system, criminal and human rights law and ethics both in this country and abroad.
She is associated with many charities and legal/judicial organisations internationally. She has been named one of the 100 Great Black Britons and was in The Times List of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers. She has also won the title of the New Nation Role Model of the Year in 2003. She features in the 2009-13 Power 100 list of influential black Britons.