Mansfield is one of the most prolific of the campaigning silks at the bar, having represented a string of high-profile clients. He has been involved in the inquests into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Hillsborough disaster and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
Mansfield was also involved in the successful appeals of the Birmingham Six, Judith Ward, Annette Hewins, Harry Mackenny, M25 Three, Newsagents Three and Bridgewater Four.
The end of chambers does not mean the end of Mansfield’s campaigning days. He is to establish another smaller set, and is expected to be joined there by 15 Tooks Chambers members. As for the remaining 40 barristers, they’ll have to look for new homes.
This is the shape of the modern bar – a two-tier establishment is emerging and Tooks will not be the last of the casualties.
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