Law Makers: The Rt Hon the Lord Justice McFarlane
|Lord Justice McFarlane|
He was called to the Bar in 1977 and took Silk whilst practising at 1 King's Bench Walk chambers in 1998. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1995, as a Recorder in 1999, as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000 and was made a Bencher in 2003. He was appointed to the High Court (Family Division) in 2005 has been a Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midlands since 2006.
He was Knighted in 2005.
Since 2010 he has been a member of the Family Justice Review Panel. Of the Review he says:
"Obviously it is my hope that many of the Norgrove proposals will be adopted. Some involve legislation or changes elsewhere in the system, but a fair number of the more important proposals in fact turn upon there being a very significant change in culture by the family judiciary and the legal profession."
In 2011 he was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal.
According to Family Law Week:
"[Lord] Justice McFarlane has the reputation of being a progressive judge who supported the opening up of the family courts to the media. In a speech to the Resolution annual conference in 2009, the judge said that government plans to open family courts to the press did not go far enough and were unlikely to enable journalists to report fully and accurately on family cases. He argued that reporting will be limited to covering the system rather than the substance and journalists would therefore be in no better position."
He has written extensively about children law, most notably with the late David Hershman QC Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice, to which he continues to contribute.
Finally, he is Chancellor of the Diocese of Exeter. (The Chancellor is the judge for the Diocese in matters of church law, which are heard in a Consistory Court. He also acts as the Bishop’s legal advisor.)