Two minutes silence was held at 1MCB on Friday 6th December to reflect upon the life of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela was a door tenant of our chambers during his years of imprisonment, having accepted an invitation from our former Head of Chambers Len Woodley QC.  He was an inspiration to all who cared about justice. As President of South Africa he inaugurated the Constitutional Court which remains a most enlightened upholder of human rights. Many of us in these chambers campaigned for his release, and our present Head of Chambers Lord Gifford QC was an observer at the 1994 democratic election when he became President. We therefore have special reasons to mourn his passing and to celebrate his exemplary life.