University Lecturer appointed onto Law Council of Wales Executive Committee

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

An esteemed Law Lecturer and former criminal lawyer has become the newest member on the Executive Committee of the Law Council of Wales. 

Dylan Rhys Jones, Senior Lecturer and Lead of Wrexham University’s Law department, has also been appointed as Chair of the Education and Training Group, alongside his Executive Committee role. 

The Law Council for Wales was established back in 2019 to promote legal education, training and awareness in Welsh law, and to support the economic development and sustainability of the legal sector in Wales. 

Speaking about his appointment, Dylan said: “I consider it to be a real honour to have been invited to join the Law Council of Wales and join many eminent academics, lawyers, barristers, and judges currently serving on the Executive Committee.  

“As well as being appointed onto the Executive Committee, I have also been named as the Council’s Chair of the Education and Training Group – so that means I will play a part in addressing issues relating to education, training and continuing professional development. 

“Joining the Law Council of Wales will also prove beneficial for our students here in Wrexham – from being kept up to speed on all of the latest issues in the legal sector to building up their network of contacts and connections, which is crucial, particularly when starting out in the profession.” 

The establishment of the Law Council for Wales was a recommendation from the independent Commission of Justice in Wales, chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd – the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales – which delivered a landmark report in 2019 setting out a vision for justice in Wales. 

Prior to joining Wrexham University, Dylan was a criminal lawyer for two decades. During his career, he represented Wales’ most notorious serial killer, Peter Moore, the manager of a cinema in Bagillt, Flintshire, convicted of murdering four men within as many months in a killing spree in which he mutilated his victims. 

The crimes shocked the nation, with Moore found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 1996, almost a year after Dylan first received the call to represent him in December 1995. 

Since then, Dylan took on more high-profile cases before leaving the profession to branch out into teaching and media work. In 2022, he took up his role as Senior Lecturer of Law at the University.