Michael Mansfield

Warm, clubbable, avuncular, human - these are some of the adjectives that can be applied to the left-wing barrister John Mortimer. They don't canter to mind, however, when attempting to describe that other high-profile left-wing silk - and champion of the Bradford Twelve, Bridgewater Four and five of the Birmingham Six - Michael Mansfield QC. It comes as something of a surprise, then, to find oneself sitting upstairs at the chambers which Mansfield founded 13 years ago in London's Took Street Read more [...]

John Mortimer

From his father, as Sir John Mortimer cheerfully tells everyone, he inherited bronchial asthma, glaucoma and a tendency for his retinas to become detached. He was also bequeathed a number of walking-sticks. On an autumnal Tuesday morning, as I approach the house his father built on a wooded rise near Henley-on-Thames, Sir John waves one of these sticks at me from his study window, which proves that his sight can't be as bad as he makes out. His father went blind in middle life, though that was never Read more [...]