Distinguished friends

Sir John Dyson (Lord Dyson)

Lord Dyson was called to the Bar in 1968, took silk in 1982 and in 1986 became Head of Chambers at 39 Essex Street. He became a Recorder in 1986 and was appointed to the High Court Bench in 1993 (Queen’s Bench Division) and was knighted the same year. He was Master of the Rolls from 2012–16.

From 1998 to 2001, Lord Dyson was the Presiding Judge in the Technology and Construction Court. Sir John became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2001.

Lord Dyson has held the following notable positions:

Member of Council of Legal Education (1992–96);
 Member of Judicial Studies Board (Chairman of Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee) (1994–98);
 Deputy Head of Civil Justice Council 2003–6; and 
Member of Civil Procedure Rule Committee 2002–6.

Lord Dyson also became an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies in 1998 and of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2004.

Lord Dyson married Jacqueline Carmel Levy in 1970 and has one daughter (Michelle) and one son (Steven). His interests (according to Debrett’s) are music, walking, skiing and tennis.