Famous British Lawyers & Judges

Find out more about the greatest British Lawyers & Judges, including Thomas Cromwell, John Winthrop, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., H. H. Asquith and Amal Alamuddin.

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 1 Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney.
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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 2 Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell.
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Famous As: English statesman
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Putney
Died: July 28, 1540
Thomas Cromwell was the 1st Earl of Essex and the chief minister to King Henry VIII from 1532 to 1540. He supported the English Reformation. He helped Henry leave Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, and later Anne of Cleves. He was eventually beheaded for treason and heresy. 

 3 Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England

 4 H. H. Asquith

H. H. Asquith.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: September 12, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morley
Died: February 15, 1928

 5 Max Mosley

Max Mosley.
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Famous As: Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur sportif
Birthdate: April 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

 6 Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

 7 Jan Smuts

Jan Smuts
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Famous As: Botanist, Officer, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malmesbury, Western Cape
Died: September 11, 1950

Jan Smuts was a South African military leader, statesman, and philosopher. He played a key role in the formation of the Union of South Africa and helped shape its constitution. From 1919 to 1924 and again from 1939 to 1948, he served as the Union of South Africa's prime minister. He played a major role in establishing the United Nations.

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 8 Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: September 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bury, England

 9 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 1, 1563
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: May 24, 1612

 10 Michael Gove

Michael Gove
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Judge
Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 11 Michael Howard

Michael Howard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales, UK

 12 Robin Cavendish

Robin Cavendish
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: August 8, 1994

 13 Spencer Perceval

Spencer Perceval
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: May 11, 1812

 14 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
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Famous As: Politician, Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yorkshire

 15 Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Somerset County
Died: June 19, 1811

 16 Harold Abrahams

Harold Abrahams
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Sprinter, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: January 14, 1978

English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.

 17 Jack Straw

Jack Straw
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England

 18 Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Solicitor
Birthdate: July 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

 19 John Winthrop

John Winthrop.
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Famous As: Politician, Theologian
Birthdate: January 12, 1588
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edwardstone, Suffolk, England
Died: March 26, 1649

 20 Jonathan Sumption

Jonathan Sumption
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Birthdate: December 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 21 William Blackstone

William Blackstone
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: July 10, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 14, 1780

 22 Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich

Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich
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Famous As: Chancellor
Birthdate: June 30, 1496
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 12, 1567

 23 Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal
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Birthdate: August 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dominica

 24 Edward Coke

Edward Coke
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: February 1, 1552
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk, England
Died: September 3, 1634

 25 Charlie Elphicke

Charlie Elphicke
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England

 26 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: March 2, 1705
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scone Palace, Scotland
Died: March 20, 1793

 27 Edward Henry Carson, Baron Carson

Edward Henry Carson, Baron Carson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 22, 1935

 28 Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: April 28, 1742
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 28, 1811

 29 George Carman

George Carman
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: October 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blackpool, England
Died: January 2, 2001

 30 A. V. Dicey

A. V. Dicey
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: February 4, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: April 7, 1922

 31 David Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury

David Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury
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Famous As: Judge, Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 32 James Boswell

James Boswell
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: October 18, 1740
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 19, 1795

Best known for his biography of his friend Samuel Johnson, 18th-century biographer and diarist James Boswell was also a qualified lawyer. Know for his reckless lifestyle and his trysts with prostitutes, he had contracted gonorrhea and had also fathered many children, including two illegitimate ones.

 33 Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St. Marylebone

Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St. Marylebone
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: October 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: October 12, 2001

 34 Tom Denning, Baron Denning

Tom Denning, Baron Denning
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, Hampshire, England
Died: March 5, 1999

 35 Henry Fielding Dickens

Henry Fielding Dickens
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Famous As: Judge, Barrister, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: December 21, 1933

 36 G. A. H. Branson

G. A. H. Branson
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Famous As: Judge, Rower
Birthdate: July 11, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England
Died: April 23, 1951

 37 Thomas McKean

Thomas McKean
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician, Judge
Birthdate: March 19, 1734
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Province of Pennsylvania
Died: June 24, 1817

 38 F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead

F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: July 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: September 30, 1930

 39 Michael Mansfield

Michael Mansfield
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Famous As: Barrister, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 40 Margaret Mountford

Margaret Mountford
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Famous As: Lawyer, Businessperson
Birthdate: November 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Holywood

 41 Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading
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Famous As: Viceroy
Birthdate: October 10, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tower Hamlets, London, England
Died: December 30, 1935

 42 Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington

Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: January 14, 2002

 43 Peter Benenson

Peter Benenson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 25, 2005

 44 Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss
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Famous As: Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire

 45 George Edalji

George Edalji
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Famous As: solicitor
Birthdate: February 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Midlands
Died: June 17, 1953

 46 Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett
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Famous As: Judge, Politician, Lawyer, Barrister
Birthdate: September 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ulverston
Died: February 10, 1962

 47 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood

Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 24, 1958

 48 Geoffrey Elton

Geoffrey Elton
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Famous As: Writer, Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tübingen
Died: December 3, 1994

 49 Brian Leveson

Brian Leveson
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool

 50 Nicholas Monsarrat

Nicholas Monsarrat
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 8, 1979