Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson will succeed Lord Neuberger as master of the rolls when the latter becomes president of the Supreme Court, the government announced today. The appointment had been widely expected.

Neuberger will take over from current SC president Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers as the UK’s most senior judge in October, after almost three years as MR.

Dyson was the last judge to join the Supreme Court in 2010 after it separated from the House of Lords. He was previously at the Court of Appeal and held the role of deputy head of civil justice from 2003 to 2006.

Dyson (pictured) was called to the bar in 1968 and took silk in 1982. 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. His elevation leaves a vacancy at the Supreme Court.

The appointment of the MR was made by 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.