Barker was called to the Bar from Gray's Inn in 1969 and was a leading criminal barrister excelling as a prosecutor and a defender. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990, and was appointed a circuit judge at the Old Bailey in 2000.
Formerly Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, Barker was appointed Common Serjeant of London at the Old Bailey in 2005, succeeding Judge Peter Beaumont QC, since when he has presided over some of England's most notorious criminal cases, including those of Umran Javed, the murderers of Jody Dobrowski, and the murder trial of rapper 'Crazy Titch', aka Carl Dobson.
He lists his hobbies as golf and sheep rearing. Barker is a Governor of Sir John Cass's Foundation, one of London's oldest and largest education charities, which was founded in 1748. Barker is a Freeman of the City of London, and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers serving on the Court of Assistants.
On 18 September 2008 Barker was questioned by the police after knocking a cyclist off his bicycle outside the Old Bailey.
Man charged with brandishing gun pleads not guilty to felonies.(City/ Region)(Bix Brian Barker was shot three times by a Lane County sheriff's deputy)
Feb 04, 2009; Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard A man shot by a Lane County sheriff's deputy in December after allegedly pulling a gun on...