Mandela barrister is Brick Court boon

Many civil barristers are used to dealing with high-profile figures but few individuals are in the same league as Nelson Mandela.

Jeremy Gauntlett SC, Brick Court Chambers’ newest member has advised not one but four South African presidents, including Mandela. As you can imagine, he has some interesting stories to tell.

The Oxford-educated silk has acted in some venerable cases and was junior to legendary barrister Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, another Brick court stalwart, as a younger man.

“I met him as a law student and he landed me in a great deal of trouble because I invited him to speak with the head of the bureau of state security at Stellenbosch in 1970,” Gauntlett recalls.

More recently Gauntlett has been advising Zimbabwean farmers on a historic fight against the government over a land seizure programme.

Few clients will ever reach the same pinnacle as Mandela, but Gauntlett’s love of the law will keep his passion for people alive.

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