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Sir Andrew McFarlane receives Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year's Outstanding Achievement award

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Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane, who takes over as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice on 27 July 2018, has been named winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year's Outstanding Achievement award.

Sir Andrew, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2011, will be the first former childcare legal aid lawyer to become President of the Family Division. He was presented with his award by Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, in front of an audience of 500 legal aid lawyers at the central London ceremony.

Sir Andrew told the audience he had always been a champion of legal aid, which he described as a vocation. He added:

"It is very good that we live in a country which has developed a sophisticated understanding of the importance of human rights. But those rights are no good to anybody unless people have access to them. The only way to access them is to have a key, and the key is the lawyer. Without lawyers, access to justice is just an empty phrase."

Other family and children lawyers honoured by the awards were:

For the full awards, click here.