|Born||12 October 1941|
|Alma mater||University of Keele|
|Occupation||Barrister, legal scholar|
Michael Mansfield QC (born 12 October 1941) is an English barrister. A republican, vegetarian, socialist and self-described "radical lawyer", he has participated in prominent and controversial court cases and inquests involving accused IRA bombers, the Bloody Sunday incident, the Hillsborough disaster and the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Diana, Princess of Wales and the McLibel case.
He grew up in north Finchley, North London, and attended Holmewood Preparatory School (Woodside Park) before going to Highgate School and the University of Keele, where he graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in history and philosophy, before becoming Secretary of Keele's Students' Union.
As well as representing those wrongly convicted of the IRA's Guildford and Birmingham pub bombings, Mansfield has represented: the Angry Brigade; the Price sisters; Brian Keenan; the Orgreave miners; Mahmood Hussein Mattan, Ruth Ellis and James Hanratty (in posthumous appeals); those involved in the Israeli Embassy bombing; Stephen Lawrence's family; Michael Barrymore at the Stuart Lubbock inquest; Barry George at the inquest into the death of Jill Dando; the gangster Kenneth Noye; the Bloody Sunday families; Arthur Scargill; Angela Cannings; Fatmir Limaj, a Kosovo-Albanian leader prosecuted in the Hague; Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi al-Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales; and the families of Jean Charles de Menezes and Mark Duggan. He has been referred to as a "champagne socialist" though he has said that 95 per cent of his work comes from legal aid.
Warning against over-reliance upon forensic science to secure convictions, Michael Mansfield in the BBC Scotland Frontline Scotland TV programme Silence over Lockerbie, broadcast on 14 October 1997, said he wanted to make just one point:
Forensic science is not immutable. They're not written in tablets of stone, and the biggest mistake that anyone can make—public, expert or anyone else alike—is to believe that forensic science is somehow beyond reproach: it is not! The biggest miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom, many of them emanate from cases in which forensic science has been shown to be wrong. And the moment a forensic scientist or anyone else says: 'I am sure this marries up with that' I get worried.
Mansfield has been married twice, to Melian Bordes for 19 years, with whom he had five children (Jonathan, Anna, Louise, Leo and Kieran), and for thirty years to artist/filmmaker Yvette Vanson, from whom he separated in 2014 and with whom he had a son (Fred). His daughter, Anna, committed suicide in May 2015.
He is a patron of the animal welfare organisation "Viva!" (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals), and refers to animal production as "genocide".
Mansfield is an honorary member on the board of judges of the Great British Dot to Dot Book Society.
Mansfield developed a love of Dot to Dot puzzles when he used them as a method of therapy to over come his irrational fear of numbers between 34 and 73. His fist attempts at these puzzles were thwarted by his numerical phobia. On occasion the picture would be ruined as Mansfield couldn't physically connect these troublesome numbers by line. He often by passed the problematic numbers and went from 33 to 74. This would often omit an important part of the picture rendering it almost pointless.
With his famous iron will and radical approach to problem solving. He soon overcame this phobia and can now easily complete a Dot to Dot puzzle to a high standard.
He prefers to complete these puzzles in blue ink
- Hans Köchler's Lockerbie trial observer mission
- Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial
- University of Cambridge Chancellor election, 2011
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- Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer. London, Bloomsbury. 2009.
- Thom Dyke, "Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer". New Statesman. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- "Oxford University - An audience with Michael Mansfield QC". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- "Road rage killer's appeal rejected". BBC News. 10 October 2001.
- "Noye hires Dando QC; HE GETS 'THE BEST' IN ROAD-RAGE APPEAL.". thefreelibrary.com.
- "Law - The Times". timesonline.co.uk.
- Pelling, Rowan (8 August 2015). "Michael Mansfield QC's most difficult case, his daughter's suicide". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Michael Mansfield". BBC.
- Mansfield on daughter's suicide: 'Why didn't you tell me it was that bad? BBC News website 4 February 2016
- "Viva! - Vegetarians International Voice for Animals - Star Supporters". viva.org.uk.
- Who's Who, 2006
- Michael Mansfield, Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer. London, Bloomsbury. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7475-7654-9
- Mansfield Chambers Michael Mansfield's Chambers