Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In memory of His Honour Judge Paul Clark

I was extremely sad to hear about the death of His Honour Judge Paul Clark the other day. There are a few people in life who help you along the way in such a profound way that you feel a responsibility to pass on that spirit to the next generation. Paul Clark was one such man. He had a distinguished career both as a Circuit Judge and before that at the Bar, having been the youngest Bencher of the Middle Temple in 1982 and Master Reader in 2005 as well as becoming President of the Council of Circuit Judges. However, I am sure that even beyond this, he will be remembered by many as an inspiration to countless generations of fledgling barristers in particular through his role as Chairman of the Middle Temple Scholarship Committee. In this capacity he got to know many of the potential applicants and both encouraged and mentored them through their introduction to the Bar. He was patient in answering questions which would undoubtedly have been asked innumerable times before and he was wise in the counsel he provided. Above all, he provided a very human and friendly face to the Bar and made accessible a profession that can sometimes appear intimidating. He was both cultured and funny but above all, he was kind. A great man and a good friend who will be missed.

This March Paul's widow, Her Honour Judge Jacqueline Davies, will be trekking across the Sinai Desert from Mount Sinai to the Red Sea in memory of Paul and also to raise money for the charities Prostate UK and Wellbeing of Women. To sponsor her, click here. To read more about Paul Clark, see the following links: Wikipedia, Times obituary, Oxford Mail obituary.

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