Andrew McFarlane (judge)

Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane, PC (born 20 June 1954) is a British judge. He was a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales from 2011 to 2018, and became President of the Family Division in July 2018 upon Sir James Munby’s retirement from that office.

Sir Andrew McFarlane
President of the Family Division
Assumed office
27 July 2018
Preceded bySir James Munby
Lord Justice of Appeal
In office
28 July 2011  27 July 2018
Personal details
Born (1954-06-20) 20 June 1954
Alma materCollingwood College, Durham University

Early life and education

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] He was an early member of Durham University Sensible Thespians (later renamed The Durham Revue), a sketch comedy group founded in 1973.[3]

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 as a judge of the High Court of Justice on 18 April 2005[4] and assigned to the Family Division, receiving the customary knighthood. McFarlane was the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midland Circuit from 2006 until his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal[5] on 28 July 2011,[6] 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.[7]


  1. "Senior Judiciary". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. "The Durham Revue Reunion 2018 - Dunelm". Dunelm. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. "No. 57620". The London Gazette. 21 April 2005. p. 5195.
  5. "Appointment of Lords Justices of Appeal" (Press release). 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  6. "No. 59867". The London Gazette. 2 August 2011. p. 14721.
  7. "Clergy Discipline Commission". Retrieved 20 October 2017.

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