Press release

Appointment of Lords Justices of Appeal

Following the appointment of The Right Honourable Lord Wilson of Culworth to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the appointment of The Right Honourable Lord Justice Thomas as President of the Queen's Bench Division, and the retirements of Lady Justice Smith, Lord Justice Sedley and Lord Justice Jacob, five vacancies have been created in the Court of Appeal.

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Honourable Dame Anne Rafferty, with effect from 5 July 2011, The Honourable Sir Andrew McFarlane, with effect from 28 July 2011, The Honourable Sir Nigel Davis and The Honourable Sir Kim Lewison, with effect from 4 October 2011 and The Honourable Sir David Kitchin, with effect from 5 October 2011 to fill those vacancies.

Biographical Notes

Dame Anne Judith Rafferty (60) was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1973, and took Silk in 1990. She was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1991, as a Deputy High Court Judge in 1996 and was made a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 1998. She was appointed to the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2000 and was a Presiding Judge of the SE Circuit between 2003 and 2006.

Mrs Justice Rafferty was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2000.

Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane (57) was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1977 and took Silk 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.

Mr Justice McFarlane was Knighted in 2005.

Sir Nigel Davis (60) was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1975 and took Silk in 1992. He was appointed a Recorder in 1998, and a Deputy High Court Judge in 1999. He was appointed to the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2001 was a Presiding Judge for the Wales Circuit between 2006 and 2009.

Mr Justice Davis was Knighted in 2001.

Sir Kim Martin Jordan Lewison (59) was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1975 and took Silk in 1991. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1994, as a Recorder in 1997, as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000, was made a Bencher in 2003 and was appointed as a Member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2004. He was appointed to the High Court (Chancery Division) in 2003 and was a Chancery Supervising Judge between 2007 and 2009.

Mr Justice Lewison was Knighted in 2003.

Sir David James Tyson Kitchin (56) was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1977 and has been a Bencher since 2003. He took silk in 1994 and was a Deputy High Court Judge from 2001 until his appointment as a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, in 2005. He has been Chancery Supervising Judge for the Wales, Western and Midland Circuits since 2009.

Mr Justice Kitchin was Knighted in 2005.

Additional note for Editor

Dame Anne Rafferty will be known as Lady Justice Rafferty upon her appointment to the Court of Appeal.

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