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25 April: Lord Dyson, ‘A Life in the Law’

Lord Dyson will talk about his European/Jewish roots, his childhood in the Jewish community of Leeds in the 1950s and his career at the Bar and on the Bench culminating in his being appointed a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Master of the Rolls. He will give some insights into the art of judging at both trial and appellate level and will describe some of the challenges faced by judges. He will also discuss the important question of whether the power of judges is now too great and has expanded to the detriment of Parliament.

John Dyson was born in 1943. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford (where he read Classics). He was called to the Bar in 1968, became QC in 1982, appointed to the High Court of England and Wales in 1993, the Court of Appeal in 2001, Supreme Court 2010 and Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice 2012. He retired in 2016. He has returned to his Chambers where he practises as an arbitrator. He was Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2017. He has published Justice: Continuity and Change (2018) and his memoir A Judge’s Journey (2019).

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