Queen appoints five Appeal Court justices

The Queen has approved the appointment of five Court of Appeal justices following the elevation of Lord Justice Wilson to the Supreme Court and Lord Justice Thomas’s appointment as president of the Queen’s Bench Division.

A further three vacancies have been created by the retirement of Lady Justice Smith, Lord Justice Sedley and Lord Justice Jacobs.

The five justices will take up their posts over the coming months. They are: Dame Anne Raferty; Sir Andrew McFarlane; Sir Nigel Davis; Sir Kim Lewison; and Sir David Kitchin.

Dame Anne Rafferty
Dame Anne Rafferty was called to the bar 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 Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2000 and was a presiding judge of the SE Circuit between 2003 and 2006.

Sir Andrew McFarlane
Sir Andrew McFarlane was called to the bar 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 Family Division of the High Court in 2005 and has been a family division liaison judge for the Midlands since 2006.

Sir Nigel Davis
Sir Nigel Davis was called to the bar 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 Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2001 was a presiding judge for the Wales Circuit between 2006 and 2009.

Sir Kim Lewison
Sir Kim Lewison was called to the bar 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 Chancery Division of the High Court in 2003 and was a chancery supervising judge between 2007 and 2009.

Sir David Kitchin
Sir David Kitchin was called to the bar 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.