Lord Dyson goes back to school to launch GSAL Law Society

Monday 27 March 2017

Former Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, has returned to his old school to launch a law society for students.

Lord Dyson, who attended Leeds Grammar School from 1951 until 1961, addressed students at the inaugural meeting of the society at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), answered questions and took time afterwards to chat to the teenagers, who are all considering a career in the law.

The newly formed GSAL Law Society is the brainchild of six students from Y11 and the sixth form, who set it up with the help of the school’s deputy head of history, and former lawyer, Sam Yates. The society will hold regular meetings with guest speakers from the legal profession, as well as organising workshops and mock trials.

Year 11 student Rohan Karthik said: “The idea for a law society at school has been really popular among the students and we are absolutely delighted to have Lord Dyson here today. It has been a great experience to listen to such a distinguished member of the legal profession talking about his career and the law.”

Also in the audience were students from Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School and Leeds West Academy.

Joe Coluccio, from Mount St Mary’s, said: “This has been an inspiring day for our students. They loved hearing Lord Dyson’s views and advice on a legal career and having the opportunity to talk to him.”

Lord Dyson retired in October as Master of the Rolls, the most senior civil judge, and the second most senior judge in England and Wales after the Lord Chief Justice. He had a long and distinguished career which included significant influence on the development of many branches of civil and public law in particular.

Pictured at the launch of the GSAL Law Society are back (L-R): Callum Clough, Adam Phillips, Dion D’Marco, Rohan Karthik and teacher Sam Yates; front (L-R): Yashgin Zare, Lord Dyson and Sophie Smith.

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