Lord Dyson appointed master of the rolls

Supreme court justice, 69, to take up position as head of civil judiciary in England and Wales on 1 October

Lord Dyson, a supreme court justice, has been appointed to be the new master of the rolls, the head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales.

The 69-year-old judge will take up his new post on 1 October, replacing Lord Neuberger, who has become president of the supreme court.

The appointment, approved by the Queen, was announced by the prime minister’s office. Dyson said: “I am delighted and honoured to hear that I have been appointed as the master of the rolls. I am looking forward greatly to working in the court of appeal again.”

Dyson began practising as a barrister in 1968 and became a QC in 1982. He was presiding judge of the technology and construction court from 1998 to 2001 and was appointed to the court of appeal in 2001. He became a justice of the supreme court in April 2010.

The appointment panel that selected him consisted of the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, Christopher Stephens, chairman of the judicial appointments commission, and Dame Valerie Strachan, judicial appointments commissioner.

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