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New President of the Family Division appointment: The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane

Sir Andrew McFarlane has been appointed as the President of the Family Division from 28 July 2018. The appointment follows the retirement of Sir James Munby on 27 July 2018.

Sir Andrew McFarlane was called to the Bar in 1977 and took Silk in 1998. He was appointed a Recorder in 1995, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000 and a High Court Judge in the Family Division in 2005.

He has co-written, originally with the late David Hershman QC and subsequently with Madeleine Reardon, Children Law and Practice (now Bloomsbury). Its publication coincided with the enactment of the Children Act 1989 in 1991. Sir Andrew has been noted for his speeches and lectures around the country on all aspects of child law.

His expertise resulted in his selection as the only legal member of the Family Justice Review (Norgrove) and as the judicial representative for the current sector-led review financed by the Nuffield. The review is due to report this summer.

Sir Andrew has held or holds leadership posts including Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association, Chairman of the Clergy Discipline Commission and President of the Clergy Disciplines Tribunals. He was Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midland circuit until his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011 where he is the Supervising Lord Justice for Family Cases.