Press release

Appointment of Master of the Rolls

The Queen has approved the appointment of The Right Honourable Lord Dyson as Master of the Rolls with effect from 1 October

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This appointment follows the announcement of The Right Honourable Lord Neuberger’s appointment as President of the Supreme Court.

Notes to Editors

The Right Hon Lord Dyson was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1968, and took Silk in 1982. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1986 and was made a Bencher in 1990. He was appointed to the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 1993 and was Presiding Judge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001. Lord Dyson was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2001 and was Deputy Head of Civil Justice from 2003 to 2006. He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in April 2010. He was knighted in 1993.

The appointment of the Master of the Rolls was made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor following the recommendation of an independent selection panel chaired by Lord Phillips. The other panel members were: The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, Christopher Stephens, Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission, and Dame Valarie Strachan, Judicial Appointments Commissioner.

In accordance with section 70 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 the panel determined the selection process to be followed and applications were invited from all Heads of Division, Justices of the Supreme Court and members of the Court of Appeal, England and Wales.

Published 29 August 2012