Dr.J.Roberts QC DCL FCArb

Dr John Roberts QC was the first person of African ancestry to be appointed Queens Council in 1988 and the first to be Head of his Chambers. He was also the first person of African ancestry to be made a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1987 and to be appointed by the British Government as a judge of the Supreme Court of the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla in 1992. Dr. Roberts was born in Sierra Leone in 1928. He initially came to the UK in 1952 to join the Royal Air Force (RAF). He was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1969. In 1970 he helped set up 9 Stone Buildings where he was the effective Head but was not of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2001 and Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department between 2001 and 2003.

17 May 1928 – 26 June 2016

Tribute To DR. John Anthony Roberts QC DCL FCArb.


Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE (Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica)

Doreen Lawrence – Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, a British Jamaican campaigner famous as the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Baroness Lawrence promoted reforms of the police service, and founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. She was awarded the OBE for services to community relations in 2003, and was made a life peer in 2013. Amongst several recognition awards, on 6 September made a life peer in recognition of her charity work Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica and now sits on the Labour benches as a working peer.