Celebrity News

Free Speech Lawyer, “Rumpole” Creator Dies
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

John MortimerBritish author and lawyer Sir John Mortimer, the creator of legal television show “Rumpole of the Bailey,” died on Friday, aged 85.

Mortimer, who also appeared as a defense lawyer in many cases involving freedom of speech, was a prolific writer, penning a host of novels, plays and film scripts.

As well as the popular fictional barrister Horace Rumpole whom he created for television in the 1970s, Mortimer wrote many screenplays including the hugely successful small-screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” shown in 1981.


As a lawyer he successfully defended Oz magazine against charges of obscenity in 1971, the BBC said, while he also acted for Penguin Books when they published DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” in the 1960s.

His spokeswoman said Mortimer, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998, had died after a long illness at his home with his family around him.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Attorney with 8 years of civil litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Westside law firm of our client is seeking an attorney with 8 years of civil litigation experience, ...

Apply Now

Senior Attorney with litigation experience

USA-NY-New York City

New York City non profit is seeking a senior litigation counsel to manage litigation strategy as wel...

Apply Now

IP Technical Advisor with 1-3 years of software experience


Alexandria office of our client seeks IP technical advisor with 1-3 years of experience in IP applic...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of employment discrimination experience


Melville office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The candidate ...

Apply Now


Public Law Associate Attorney (General Municipal Law, Real Estate, Transactions)

USA-CA-San Rafael

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP is seeking a skilled and motivated associate attorney with 1 to 3 ye...

Apply now

Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH


Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT


Downs Rachlin Martin seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Commercial an...

Apply now

Business Law Associate | Burlington


Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join its very busy pr...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top