Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was called to the Bar in 1955. She was appointed a Registrar, Principal Registry Family Division in 1970 and subsequently a High Court Judge, Family Division (1979-1988) and then to the Court of Appeal (1988–1999). From 1999 until her retirement in 2005 Lady Butler-Sloss was President of the Family Division. She was made Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green in 2006.
In 1987/88 she chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry and was chairman of the Security Commission between 1994 and 2005. She has been the Chancellor of the University of the West of England since 1993 and holds a number of Honorary Fellowships including St Hilda’s College, Oxford, King's College, London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.
Baroness Butler-Sloss is also Vice Chair of the Cumberlege Commission, which is reviewing the way the Catholic Church in England and Wales has responded to Lord Nolan's report: 'A programme for Action' (2001). She has chaired the advisory council, St Paul’s Cathedral since 2001, and is a governor of Merchant Taylors School.