Bolton School Senior Boys

Old Boy Promoted to Top Legal Role

Bolton School Old Boy, Ernest Ryder, who was Captain at Bolton School before he left in 1976, has been promoted from the High Court Bench to the Court of Appeal, becoming The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ryder. 

This is the same level that Old Girl, Dame Janet Smith, has just retired from. Dame Janet was Head Girl before she left the School and is currently leading the Savile Enquiry.

Ernest was educated at Bolton School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, and worked for the merchant bank, Grindley Brandt & Co 1979-81, before qualifying as a barrister. He was called to the bar in 1981 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997. He became a Recorder in 2000, and was qualified as a Deputy High Court judge from 2001. On 4 May 2004, Ernest was appointed a High Court judge, receiving the customary knighthood, and appointed to the Family Division. On 9 April 2013, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He is expected to be appointed to the Privy Council in due course.

The Rt Honourable Lord Justice Ryder

The Rt Honourable Lord Justice Ryder