School of Law, Social Sciences and
CommunicationsHonorary Degree of Doctor of
Called to the Bar in 1967, Michael Mansfield
gained a BA Hons degree in History and Philosophy from Keele
University before turning to law. He soon earned the respect of
colleagues, mounting vigorous defences for clients. He made his
name in the Angry Brigade trial in the early 1970s before
establishing Tooks Court Chambers in 1984. He took silk (became a
Queen’s Counsel) in 1989.
Mansfield has never shied away from
controversial cases, especially where civil liberties are at stake.
He has been involved in high profile cases such as Barry George -
wrongly convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, and represented the
families of victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings, and of Jean
Charles de Menezes.
At inquests he represented the families of Tom
Hurndall and James Miller – journalists murdered by the Israeli
army. He also represented the families of the Omagh, Lockerbie and
Dublin bombings, of the Marchioness disaster, and of the New Cross
Fire. He represented striking miners at Orgreave, the Newham Seven
and Bradford Twelve – victims of racist attacks who defended
Mansfield has a magnificent track record in
cases involving miscarriage of justice. 46 years after Mahmood
Mattan was executed for murder, Mansfield helped clear his name on
appeal. He was involved in the successful appeals of the Birmingham
Six, Judith Ward, Annette Hewins, Harry Mackenny, M25 Three,
Newsagents Three and Bridgewater Four.
Michael Mansfield has written extensively in
all major broadsheets and law journals and he has appeared in
several documentaries. His books Presumed Guilty and
Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer have been critically
acclaimed. He is the President of Amicus, Haldene Society of
Socialist Lawyers and National Civil Rights Movement. He fully
supports the work of the Fitted-In Project.
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