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Master Bernard Weatherill
1951 – 2021

Bernard was the elder son the life peer the Baron Weartherill, KStJ, PC, DL [1920-2007], who as Bernard Weatherill, was Speaker of the House of Commons between 1983 and 2002. A recipient of the Winston Churchill Pupillage Award,...

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Master Joanna Dodson
1945-2020

Joanna was widely known as a top family silk whose distinguished practice spans over 40 years. Joanna formed part of the pioneering ‘alternative’ chambers of Tony Gifford QC, established in the early 80’s in Wellington Street,...

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Master Margaret Booth
1933 – 2020

Even as a High Court judge in the early 1980s Margaret Booth still had to withstand the casual sexism of the period. When on circuit at judges’ lodgings she would encounter fellow male judges who simply refused to talk to her,...

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Master Brian Appleby
1930 – 2021

Brian held a unique position at the Ropewalk, which he served as Head of Chambers from 1970 until his elevation to the Circuit Bench in 1988 and of which he was a member from the completion of his pupillage in the 1950s.   Brian...

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Master John Mitchell
1948 – 2021

Richard John Mitchell, known to us as John and Dad, was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to Edith and Kenneth Mitchell. His brother Peter was born 16 months later. When Dad was young the family moved to Hutton in Essex. Dad...

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