Number of items in collection: 118

Short description: Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

In-depth oral history interviews documenting the life stories of members of the legal profession in Britain. The interviews feature reflections about an interviewee’s early life and background, education and their legal career.

Legal Lives (catalogue no. C736) is an ongoing National Life Stories project that comprisesinterviews with barristers, judges and lawyers with the aim to document changes in the legal profession in Britain. Initiated in 1995, interviewees include Lady Hale (the first female Law Lord) and barrister Sir Sydney Kentridge QC.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

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