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List of Famous Barristers

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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 Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of...  more

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  • Edward George Sherrin (18 February 1931 – 1 October 2007) was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining...  more
  • Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave, (23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979) was a British soldier, lawyer and Member of Parliament. During World War II he was the first British prisoner-of-war to succeed in...  more
  • Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) 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...  more
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  • Mary Patricia McAleese (; née Leneghan; Irish: Máire Pádraigín Mhic Ghiolla Íosa; born 27 June 1951) is an Irish politician who served as the eighth President of Ireland from November 1997 to...  more
  • Edward Gough Whitlam (; 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) 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...  more
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  • Judah Philip Benjamin, QC (August 11, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape...  more
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