Mon 5 October 2009, The Guardian

A reluctance to court celebrity

By Marcel Berlins
How many English judges or lawyers are known to the public at large? How many, outside the legal world, can name the chief justice, the master of the rolls or the head of the new supreme court? And what about barristers and solicitors? How many of them could be said to be well known nationally? I'm excluding from this question those who happen to be lawyers but are known for other reasons, such as politicians – Tony Blair, Jack Straw and Margaret Thatcher. I place Cherie Booth QC in that category; although she was a well-regarded barrister – to a limited public – she only attracted wider publicity and became a household name because she was the prime minister's spouse.
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