- James Dingemans QC continues long association with the game
- “James brings a combination of legal expertise and passion for rugby” – RFU CEO Ian Ritchie
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James Dingemans QC has been appointed the RFU’s first Independent Head of Rugby Judiciary, a post created to ensure absolute independence between the prosecutorial and judicial functions of discipline at the RFU.
The Independent Head of Rugby Judiciary will be the senior member of the RFU’s independent judiciary and will be primarily responsible for safeguarding the reputation of the RFU through clear, consistent and fair decision-making in disciplinary, appeal and other panels.
RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said: “James brings the perfect combination of exceptional legal expertise and a lifelong passion for rugby.
“He is hugely respected in his professional life and it has just been announced that he will be appointed a High Court judge in June, bringing his enormous knowledge and fine judgement to this independent position. We are very lucky to have been able to attract someone of this high calibre.”
Dingemans has acted in numerous public and private enquiries, including the Hutton Inquiry as leading counsel, the Leveson Inquiry, the Potters Bar rail accident inquest and the Football Association Independent Review.
He has also played rugby to a high level, gaining an Oxford Blue in the winning Varsity side in 1985 and going on to represent Ealing Rugby Club for many years, playing his last match at the age of 44.
Dingemans added: “I accept I am now too old to play rugby, but I am thrilled to be able to continue my involvement with the game.
“It is a great privilege to be asked to lead a team of experienced disciplinary panel members. Together, we will try to ensure that the outcome of disciplinary hearings preserve rugby’s unique character, values and inclusiveness.”
Dingemans will start this unpaid role on August 1, 2013.