Doughty Street Chambers wishes Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC the Happiest of Birthdays

We would like to congratulate Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC on his 90th birthday celebrations in Middle Temple Hall, with the Former Chief Justice of Ireland paying a moving tribute to his work and his lifelong contribution to the law.


We celebrate the enduring achievements of Louis in successfully campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty in 1965.  It was he who first challenged the mandatory death penalty throughout the Commonwealth, raising arguments decades before they came to be accepted by the Privy Council.


He was an inspirational figure in the Howard League for Penal reform, spearheading many of its campaigns. He fought for the rights of prisoners and won landmark cases such as Raymond v Honey which opened up the present system to judicial review; his influence throughout administrative law was pervasive. Most of all he was a prophet of future developments throughout his life. It was he who argued for the application of the principles of natural justice in the field of immigration, prisons disciplinary proceedings and local government decision making long before these principles became clearly established. He was great scholar of the law and the author of numerous books including ‘Final Appeal’.


From everyone at Doughty Street Chambers, we wish you a very Happy 90th Birthday.

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