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New Family Presiding Judges Appointed

Date:15 APR 2024
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The Lady Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, has announced the appointment of two Family Presiding Judges.

Mr Justice MacDonald has been appointed for a period of four years, with effect from 7 March 2024, to the South Eastern (London) Circuit where he will succeed Mr Justice Francis.    

Mrs Justice Knowles has been appointed for a period of four years, with effect from 7 March 2024, to the Northern Circuit where she will succeed Mr Justice MacDonald.

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The Hon Mr Justice MacDonald was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1995, and took Silk in 2011. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and a High Court Judge (Family Division) in 2015.

The Hon Mrs Justice Knowles was called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, in 1993, and took Silk in 2011. She was appointed as a Tribunal Judge (Health, Education & Social Care Chamber) in 2007 and a High Court Judge (Family Division) in 2017. Family Presiding Judges play a key leadership role in the Family Courts in their respective Circuits and work closely with their fellow Presiding Judges.

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