Gareth Peirce and Michael Mansfield.

Gareth Peirce, the leading human rights lawyer.
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Michael Mansfield QC
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A memorial to PC Blakelock was erected in Muswell Hill, where he served
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Gareth Peirce

Known legally as Jean Gareth Peirce

Gareth Peirce was born as Jean Margaret Webb in 1940 in Cheltenham to Margaret (nee Tindall) and John Webb. She has a younger brother, Peter Webb, a film maker. She changed hername from Jean toGareth during her formative years. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, The University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. She has often been described as a very private person. She worked as a journalist in North America in the 1960’s. She married and returned to Britain in the 1970’s with her husband and elder son. In 1974 she joined the firm of the radical solicitor Benedict Bimberg as a trainee. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 15th December 1978. When Bimberg retired in 1999, she continued to work for them and became a senior partner, the firm was now called, ‘Bimberg, Peirce and partners.’

She became a very successful solicitor and built the firm up to almost double its size. She campaigned on several causes, in particular Justice against the Identification Laws (JAIL.) an organisation which Gareth Peirce supports very strongly. During her distinguished career she represented Judith Ward, a woman who was wrongly convicted in 1974 of several IRA related bombings, The Guildford Four, The Birmingham Six also the family of Jean Charles de Menzies and Moazzam Begg, a man held in extrajudicial detention by the American Government. In 2008, journalist Naarajah Sethurupan, the founder of Norway News who appointed Peirce as his solicitor. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, appointed Peirce as his solicitor in Swedish Judicial Authority vs Julian Assange.

She lives in Kentish Town, North London.

Michael Mansfield.

He was born on the 12th October 1941. He grew up in North Finchley, North London and attended Holmewood Preparatory School (Wood Park) before going to Highgate School and the University of Keele, where he graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) I history and philosophy. He became the secretary of Keeles’s Student’s Union.

He was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1987 and became a Queen’s Council in 1989 and was elected as a bencher of Gravy’s Inn in 2007. As well as representing those wrongly convicted of the IRA’s Guildford and Birmingham pub bombings. He has represented quite a few other famous cases such as The Angry Brigade, The Price Sisters, Brian Keenan, The Orgreave Miners, Mahmood Hussein Mattan, Ruth Ellis and James Hanratty (posthumous appeals) also those persons who were involved in the Israeli Embassy bombing, Stephen Lawrence’s family; Michael Barrymore at the Stuart Lubbock inquest, Barry George at the inquest of Jill Dando and many more well known cases. He said that most of his more famous cases came from ‘Legal Aid.’

He has the nickname of ‘Moneybags’ for winning a string of lucrative legal actions. Left wing, as he is. He is just as successful as a ‘love life, as he is with being a barrister. Just three months after separating from his wife, Yvette Vanson, 65 years, 8 years younger than Michael (73.)  He has 6 children and has been married twice.

Awards and Memorial.    

Because it was not really clear who was in charge of the Police Operation on the night of Constable Keith Blakelock’s death, a new ‘gold-silver-bronze command structure (Strategic-tactical-operational) was created in 1985 that replaced ranks with roles. It is now used by all Emergency Services at every type of a major incident.

In 1988 the constables of ‘Serial 502’ were awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Constable Blakelock posthumously. Sergeant David Pengelly, who single-handedly fought to hold the crowd away from constables Keith Blakelock and constable Richard Coombes  after they fell. He was awarded the George Medal, awarded for acts of outstanding bravery. A Memorial for Constable Keith Blakelock, commissioned by the Police Memorial Trust, stands by the roundabout at Muswell Hill, north London, where he was a home-beat officer.

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Rioting broke put again in Tottenham in August 2011, after the police shot and killed a local man, Mark Duggan aged 30 years believing that he was armed. Violence and looting then spread throughout England for several days. This led to 5 deaths and hundreds of arrests.


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