Judge David Smith will preside over the Court of Appeal when it hears an appeal by the British government against a lower court’s decision to block a controversial fracking moratorium.
Smith, who was elected to the bench in 2014, said he was “disappointed” by the court’s ruling.
“The outcome of this case is that we will now have to wait and see what the appeal will lead to,” he said.
In a written statement, Lord Justice Leveson said he would “look forward to the opportunity” to consider a “full and frank discussion” on the matter.
The ruling on Thursday is the latest blow to the fracking industry, which has been criticised by many MPs for damaging the environment, and many environmentalists for its potential to cause health problems.
Lord Justice Leveon’s comments came after the British and Irish governments announced a joint commitment to ban fracking by 2030.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to ban the drilling and fracking of shale gas and oil on public land.
Fines and jail sentences are expected to follow for those found guilty of breaching the moratorium.
The moratorium has also been criticised for disproportionately impacting Indigenous communities, with one Aboriginal community in Northern Ireland claiming it had cost it $1m (£770,000) to build a new school and more than 400 families relocated due to health concerns.