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The Master of the Rolls – The Rt. Hon. Sir Terence Etherton

The Right Honourable Sir Terence Etherton is The master of the Rolls.

Sir Terence was born on 21 June 1951.

He was appointed The Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales on 11 January 2013. He also holds the title of “Vice-President of the Court of Protection”.

Previously he has held the following positions:

The Chancellor of the High Court (2013-2016)

Lord Justice of Appeal (2008)

President – Council of the Inns of Court (2009 -2012)

Chairman – Law Commission of England and Wales (2006-2009)

High Court Judge – Chancery Division (2001-2008)

Queen’s Counsel (1990)

Panel chairman Mental Health Review Tribunal (1994-1998)

Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1993)

Member – Bar Council (chairman young barristers’ committee) (1978-1981).

He was in practice at the Chancery Bar between 1975-2000 and Called to the Bar in 1974.

He is a Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.

Other appointments include: Chairman – Trust Law Committee (November 2012-current); President – Property Bar Association (2012-current); Honorary Professor Kent University (2011-current); Visiting Professor Birkbeck, London University (2010-current); He also was also a Council Member – Royal Holloway College, London University (1992-2002); Chairman – West London Mental Health (NHS) Trust (2000-2001); Chairman – Broadmoor Hospital Authority (Broadmoor High Security Hospital) (1999-2001) and a Non-executive director – Riverside Mental Health (NHS) Trust (1992-1999).

Education: Holmewood House Sch., Tunbridge Wells; St Paul’s Sch., London (Sen. Foundn Schol.); Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge (Open Exhibnr; MA (History and Law); LLM; Hon. Fellow, 2007.


Member of the Great Britain International Fencing Team (1977-1980), competed in the World Championships 1977, 1978 and 1979. Selected for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.