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List of famous barristers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top barristers in the world? This includes the most prominent barristers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable barristers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic barristers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned barristers.

List people include Margaret Thatcher, Judah P. Benjamin and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known barristers to the lesser known barristers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the barrister field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous barristers ever?" and "What are the names of famous barristers?" then you're in the right place.

Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the ...more

Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more

Jawaharlal Nehru is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence ...more

Ned Sherrin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Edward George "Ned" Sherrin, CBE was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining the BBC. He ...more

Airey Neave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave DSO, OBE, MC, TD was a British army officer, barrister and politician. During World War II, Neave was one of the few servicemen to escape from the German ...more

Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May ...more

Lalith Athulathmudali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Lalith William Samarasekera Athulathmudali known as Lalith Athulathmudali was a Sri Lankan politician of the United National Party and former Cabinet Minister of Trade, National Security, ...more

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike frequently referred to as S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, was the fourth Prime Minister of Ceylon and founder of the Left wing and Sinhala nationalist Sri Lanka ...more

Mary McAleese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Mary Patricia McAleese served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson, making McAleese ...more

Gough Whitlam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1972 to 1975. The Leader of the Labor Party from 1967 to 1977, Whitlam led his party to power for the first time ...more

Adrian Fulford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Sir Adrian Bruce Fulford is a British judge who is a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and was a member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2003 to 2012.

Peter Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Peter Denis Sutherland is an Irish international businessman and former Attorney General of Ireland, associated with the Fine Gael party. He is a barrister by profession, and is also Senior ...more

Jack Straw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Barristers
John Whitaker "Jack" Straw is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the ...more

Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Conrad Gerard Smith is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he ...more

Clarissa Dickson Wright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright was an English celebrity chef, television personality, writer, businesswoman, and former ...more

C. G. Weeramantry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Barristers
C. G. Weeramantry Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, AM is a Sri Lankan lawyer who was a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 2000, serving as its Vice-President from 1997 to ...more

John Mortimer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Sir John Clifford Mortimer, CBE, QC was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author.

A. P. Herbert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Sir Alan Patrick Herbert CH was an English humorist, novelist, playwright and law reform activist. He was an independent Member of Parliament for Oxford University for 15 years, five of which he ...more

Mary Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Mary Therese Winifred Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She ...more

Anthony Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Anthony Joshua Shaffer was an English playwright, screenwriter, novelist, barrister and advertising executive.

Judah P. Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Judah Philip Benjamin QC was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape to the United Kingdom at ...more

Clive Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Clive Anderson is an English television and radio presenter, comedy writer and former barrister. Winner of a British Comedy Award in 1991, Anderson began experimenting with comedy and writing ...more

Charles Isaac Elton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Charles Isaac Elton Charles Isaac Elton, QC was an English lawyer, antiquary, and politician. He is most famous for being the author of the bestselling book The Great Book-Collectors. He was born in Southampton. ...more

Henry Fielding is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he ...more

Alexander Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Alexander "Alex" Williams is an English film animator and cartoonist. He is the son of animator Richard Williams. He has worked on numerous animated films, and is the author of the ...more

Hugh Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Hugh Tomlinson Hugh Tomlinson QC, born in 1954, is an English barrister and a founding member of Matrix Chambers. He is a noted specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy ...more

Nicky Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Nicholas Glyn Paul "Nicky" Gumbel is an ordained Anglican priest, vicar and author. He is known as the developer of the Alpha course, a basic introduction to Christianity supported by ...more

Daniel O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Daniel O'Connell, often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation—including ...more

Francis Bennion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Francis Bennion Francis Alan Roscoe Bennion was a barrister in the United Kingdom. He was the author of several leading UK legal texts, including in particular Bennion on Statutory Interpretation. Bennion was ...more

Geoffrey Howe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH Kt QC PC is a retired British Conservative politician. He was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding ...more

Anthony Gifford, 6th Baron Gif... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Anthony Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford Anthony Maurice Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford, QC is a British hereditary peer and senior barrister. He inherited the title of 6th Lord Gifford on the death of his father, the 5th Lord Gifford, in ...more

Richard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Richard Johnson was the President of the Irish High Court from November 2006 until October 2009. He was the second most senior Irish judge after the Chief Justice John L. Murray. He was also ...more

William Blackstone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Sir William Blackstone KC SL was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a ...more

Patrick S. Atiyah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Patrick S. Atiyah Patrick S. Atiyah, QC, FBA is an English lawyer and academic. He is best known for his work as a common lawyer, particularly in the law of contract and for advocating reformation or abolition of ...more

H. H. Asquith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KG, KC, PC, served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. Until 5 January 1988, he had been the longest ...more

Donald Nicholls, Baron Nicholl... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Donald James Nicholls, Baron Nicholls of Birkenhead, PC, is a British lawyer and retired Law Lord.

Leonard McNally is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Leonard McNally Leonard McNally, sometimes spelled MacNally or Macnally, was a Dublin barrister, playwright, lyricist, founding member of the United Irishmen and spy for the British Government within Irish ...more

Max Mosley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Max Rufus Mosley is the former president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, a non-profit association that represents the interests of motoring organisations and car ...more

Malcolm Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is an Australian politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Wentworth in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs since 2004. He was the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of ...more

Leo Blair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Leo Blair Leo Charles Lynton Blair was a British barrister and law lecturer at Durham University. He was the author of the book The Commonwealth Public Service. He was the father of Tony Blair, the former ...more

Peter Milliken is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken PC OC is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1988 until his retirement in 2011 and served as Speaker of the ...more

John de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Barristers
John de Havilland John von Sonntag de Havilland, FSA was an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London during the 19th century. He is notable for being one of only two English officers of arms to have been ...more

Robert Stanfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Robert Lorne Stanfield, PC, QC was the 17th Premier of Nova Scotia and leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was born into an affluent Nova Scotia clothing ...more

Keith Joseph is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Keith Sinjohn Joseph, Baron Joseph, Bt, CH, PC, was a British barrister and politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet under four prime ministers:. He was a key ...more

Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry was Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir between July 1996 - July 2001.

Charles E. O. Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Charles Ernest Owen Carter was an English astrologer and astrological writer. Generally regarded as one of the masters of astrology during his lifetime, Carter's work, especially his insistence ...more

Frederic William Maitland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Frederic William Maitland was an English jurist and historian, generally regarded as the modern father of English legal history.

Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyn... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, was an heir to part of the Guinness family brewing fortune, lawyer, poet and novelist. He married Diana Mitford, but later divorced her.

Aitzaz Ahsan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan is a Pakistani barrister, veteran activist-politician, constitutional theorist and a left-wing statesman who serves as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of ...more

Frederic Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Barristers
Frederic Edward Weatherly, KC was an English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster. He was christened and brought up using the name Frederick Edward Weatherly, and appears to have adopted the ...more