Sir Roderick was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1982. Having completed pupillage in London he relocated to East Anglia where he quickly established a busy practice across the region with a particular focus on high value matrimonial and complex family cases.
In 1998 Sir Roderick was elected Head of East Anglian Chambers, at the time the largest set in the East of England, and in the same year he was appointed a Recorder. In 2005 he was appointed a Circuit Judge and in 2008 he was elevated to the position of Designated Family Judge for Essex. The following year his role as Designated Family Judge for Essex was extended with Sir Roderick assuming responsibility for the neighbouring county of Suffolk, with Cambridge and Peterborough added to his portfolio in 2010. Between 2009 to 2018 he was a tutor at the Judicial College.
He was appointed a High Court Judge (Family Division) in 2014 and was the Family Presiding Judge for East Anglia from 2016 until his retirement from the bench in October 2023.
Sir Roderick sits as a private FDR adjudicator.