My inspiration

Published 13th February 2019

I am writing in response to what I read in the Inner Temple Year Book. For myself, with no lawyers in the family, at about 7 or 8 years old, I cut out of my father’s paper a photo of a robed female barrister and stuck it up on my wall and said, “that’s what I am going to do”. And that is what I did (although not so illustriously). I have no idea who it was but I suspect Rose Heilbron. I don’t know what occasion this would have been in her life, or maybe no particular one, it was about 1965-6. Later during the early part of my career I became friendly with Hilary Heilbron when I did my pupillage in her chambers (where she was the only woman) and she too was a role model for me.

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