Andrew McFarlane (judge)

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The Right Honourable
Sir Andrew McFarlane
Lord Justice of Appeal
Assumed office
28 July 2011
Personal details
Born (1954-06-20) 20 June 1954 (age 64)
Alma mater Collingwood College, Durham University

Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane (born 20 June 1954) is a British judge. He has been a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales since 28 July 2011. It was announced on 24 April 2018 that he is to be the new President of the Family Division from July 2018 upon Sir James Munby’s retirement from that office.

Early life and education[edit]

McFarlane was born on 30 June 1954.[1] He was educated at Shrewsbury School and studied law at Collingwood College, Durham, and graduated from Durham University in 1975.[2]

Legal career[edit]

McFarlane was called to the bar (Gray's Inn) in 1977 and has been a Bencher since 2003. In 1998, he became a Queen's Counsel. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1995, a Recorder in 1999 and a deputy High Court Judge in 2000. He was appointed to the High Court of Justice on 18 April 2005[3] and assigned to the Family Division, receiving the customary knighthood. McFarlane served as the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midland Circuit from 2006 until his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal[4] on 28 July 2011,[5] whereupon he received the customary appointment to the Privy Council. He is the President of Tribunals and Chair of the Clergy Discipline Commission of the Church of England under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.[6]

Personal life[edit]

McFarlane was known to have a pet donkey.[7]


  1. ^ "Senior Judiciary". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
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  3. ^ "No. 57620". The London Gazette. 21 April 2005. p. 5195. 
  4. ^ "Appointment of Lords Justices of Appeal" (Press release). 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "No. 59867". The London Gazette. 2 August 2011. p. 14721. 
  6. ^ "Clergy Discipline Commission". Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
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