The new Denning

David Neuberger’s trajectory from Law Lord to Master of the Rolls mimics both Lord Woolf and Lord Denning (see story).

What’s more, his move is a welcome bit of PR for the bench, which was singled out this week in the Milburn social mobility report for a bit of a kicking (see story).

For one of the advisers on that report was none other than the new Master of the Rolls, who has made his interest in diversity very clear, having chaired the Bar Council working party on widening access to the profession in 2006-07.

But Neuberger hasn’t got the MR job because he knew a few people from government committees. There was no other obvious candidate for the post; he was fast-tracked through the Court of Appeal, spending just three years there before being promoted to the Lords.

You can virtually hear the roars of approval at the bar from here.

“He’s bright, imaginative, and young,” says one bar source. (Lord Neuberger is 61).

“It couldn’t have been anyone else,” says another.

Still, that leaves a space among the 12-strong Supreme Court justices for October.

Sumption, surely?


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