John Dyson, Lord Dyson
|The Right Honourable
|Master of the Rolls
Head of Civil Justice
1 October 2012
|Preceded by||The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury|
|Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom|
12 April 2010 – 1 October 2012
|Preceded by||The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury
(as Lord of Appeal in Ordinary)
|Succeeded by||Lord Hughes of Ombersley|
|Lord Justice of Appeal|
11 January 2001 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Sir Martin Nourse|
|High Court Judge|
30 March 1993 – 11 January 2001
|Born||John Anthony Dyson
31 July 1943
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
John Anthony Dyson, Lord Dyson[n 1] MR (born 31 July 1943) is the Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice, the second most senior judge in England and Wales. He was previously a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2012. He was the first justice, after Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, to be appointed directly to that court, and the first not to be a peer. However, by Royal Warrant, like all future appointees, he is styled "Lord Dyson" for life.
Dyson was educated at Leeds Grammar School and studied classics at Wadham College, Oxford. He was called to Bar at the Middle Temple in 1968, of which he was appointed a Bencher in 1990. He took silk in 1982 and was appointed a Recorder in 1986.
Dyson was appointed to the Bench of the High Court on 30 March 1993, sitting in the Queen's Bench Division, and received a knighthood. In 1998, he became Presiding Judge of the Technology and Construction Court, a specialist part of the Queen's Bench Division.
On 11 January 2001, Dyson was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, in succession to Lord Justice Nourse, and was appointed to the Privy Council. In 2003, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Civil Justice.
Dyson was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court with effect from 12 April 2010, and was sworn in on 19 April. His appointment brought the Supreme Court up to full strength by filling a vacancy that had existed since the court began work in October 2009.
According to Standpoint, he was said to have come a "close second" to Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury to succeed Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony as Master of the Rolls in 2009. In the event, Dyson was appointed Master of the Rolls with effect from 1 October 2012 as was widely expected following the announcement of Neuberger's appointment (also with effect from 1 October) as President of the Supreme Court in July 2012.
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- Woodroffe-Hedley v Cuthbertson (unreported) - the first instance of a mountain guide being sued for negligence following a fatal accident
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