A pencil portrait of Mr Burley, stern and bald, still hangs in a hallway at Brick Court chambers. The current head clerk, Ian Moyler, told me a story about how Burley had despaired of the young Sumption’s sloppy appearance when he had first started practising law. In particular, he had taken umbrage with a ratty old raincoat that Sumption insisted on wearing and one day he chopped it up with a pair of scissors. (In Sumption’s memory of the incident, the raincoat was burned.)

Wendell Stevenson on Jonathan Sumption (Guardian)


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