"His father is a circuit judge"

Circuit judges are referred to as His or Her Honour and are senior judges in England and Wales. The countries previously had six circuits between them, although in 2005, these were replaced with seven regions.

Out-ranking the District Judges but not quite as prestigious as the High Court Judge (although they may be appointed to serve as a Deputy High Court Judge), the Circuit Judge would have had a minimum ten years barrister experience when LMS was writing.

Circuit Judges also go by the name ‘purple judges’ because of their dress robes.