05 March 2009

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

This song from the Life of Brian chorused and whistled by about several hundred people in Middle Temple Hall brought Sir Hugh Laddie's memorial service to an end yesterday evening. Although a sad occasion it was also a celebration of a life well lived.   

There were tributes from the many different sides of that life - Mark Platts-Mills QC from his chambers, Tony Willoughby from the firm he joined upon leaving the bench, Malcolm Grant from the University College that hosts the Institute of Brands and Innovation Law and, of course, his children, For me the most moving of the tributes was Sir Robin Jacob's. Delivered fluently and with humour I am sure I detected a break in his voice checking his emotions. I am sure everyone shared his thoughts and for the first time in 20 or so years I actually warmed to Sir Robin.

It appears that Sir Hugh's permanent memorial will be a chair at UCL and Sir Robin will be leading the fundraising. Pretty appropriate IMHO,

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