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