Legal Eagles [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

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Albie Sachs20191027

Sue Lawley's castaway is Judge Albie Sachs.

The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, his account of being placed in solitary confinement by the South African authorities, highlighted the dangers of campaigning against apartheid in the 1960s.

After a long exile in Britain, Albie Sachs returned to his homeland in the 1990s to help shape its new constitution and become one of its most senior judges.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2000.

From Beethoven to Ella Fitzgerald, the judge shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Clive Stafford Smith2014112320191117 (BBC7)

From Thomas Tallis to Abba, the death row lawyer shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Helena Kennedy Qc20191103

Sue Lawley's castaway is the QC Helena Kennedy.

In 1992 she published a book which drew attention to the way English law discriminates against women. She called it Eve was Framed. It began a debate into how we view defendants and victims and how our judges are trained.

Born into a working-class family living on the south side of Glasgow, she entered the House of Lords as a life peer, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, in 1997. She says her father, a newspaper packer and an active trade unionist, would have been 'amused but proud'.

Producer: Angie Nehring.

First heard on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.

From Judy Collins to Puccini, barrister Helena Kennedy shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Michael Mansfield2014111620191110 (BBC7)

Kirsty Young's castaway is the barrister Michael Mansfield.

He is one of Britain's leading QCs - the Birmingham six, the Marchioness disaster, the Stephen Lawrence trial and the death of Jean Charles de Menezes are only a handful of the high profile cases he's been involved in.

He describes himself as a 'radical lawyer' and says he's been educated by the cases he's taken on. He has become, he says, increasingly angry and radical over the years. "I do feel that reputation, standing up for principle, is one of the few ways in which a difference can be made."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2010.

From Elgar to Pink Floyd, the barrister shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Sir Sydney Kentridge2014113020191124 (BBC7)

From Flanders and Swann to Mozart. Lawyer Sir Sydney Kentridge QC shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Widely regarded as a leading advocate of the 20th century, he continues to make his mark in the 21st; he recently appeared for the first time in the European Court of Justice and at the end of last year he spent the actual day of his 90th birthday working in the English Supreme Court.

Born in South Africa, he was first called to the bar there at the end of the 1940s and played a leading role in some of the most significant political trials of the apartheid era. 'Understated, controlled, relentlessly rational' - and with devastating cross-examination skills - the verdict of one of his clients - Nelson Mandela.

He himself says "I hope there's only one thing about my professional life of which I've boasted and which I think, as a lawyer, is unique on my part - I have acted as an advocate for three winners of The Nobel Peace Prize. I don't think anyone else has done that."

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013.

From Flanders and Swann to Mozart, the lawyer shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.