Anne Rafferty

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Lady Justice Rafferty

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Lady Justice of Appeal
Assuming office
5 July 2011
MonarchElizabeth II
SucceedingThe Lord Dyson PC QC
Personal details
Anne Judith Rafferty

(1950-07-26) 26 July 1950 (age 69)
Lancashire, England
Spouse(s)Brian Barker CBE QC
Children4 (1 deceased)

Dame Anne Judith Rafferty, DBE, PC (born 26 July 1950[1]), officially styled The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty, is an English jurist, who has served as a Lady Justice of Appeal of England and Wales since 2011.


Educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and a graduate of the University of Sheffield, Rafferty was the first woman Chair of the Criminal Bar Association.[2][3] She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990 and a Recorder the following year. In 1999, she was promoted Deputy High Court Judge, before her appointment to the High Court of Justice in 2000, when she was assigned to the Queen's Bench Division; she received the customary accolade of the realm as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Among the more notable trials over which she presided as a High Court Judge (when Mrs Justice Rafferty) are those of Paul Burrell and teacher Sion Jenkins.[citation needed]

In 2011, Rafferty was appointed to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales with effect from 5 July,[4] and was sworn of the Privy Council.[5]

In November 2014 Rafferty's appointment as Chancellor of the University of Sheffield (her alma mater) was announced, to replace Sir Peter Middleton in Summer 2015.[6]

In 2019, she became known for overturning the decision that Boris Johnson was to face three allegations of misconduct in public office, amongst them lying that the UK was sending £350m a week to Brussels.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lady Justice Rafferty is married to fellow jurist, Judge Brian Barker, the now retired Recorder of London; they have four daughters.


  1. ^ "Senior Judiciary". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012.
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  3. ^ "Explorers, doctors and top geneticist given honorary degrees". 12 July 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Appointment of Lords Justices of Appeal". 10 Downing Street. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Privy Council appointments". 6 October 2011.
  6. ^ "University of Sheffield appoints new Chancellor". 24 November 2014.
  7. ^ Nadeem Badshah, 'Boris Johnson wins court challenge over £350m Brexit claims', The Guardian (7 Jun 2019).

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Middleton
Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
Succeeded by