My autobiography from age 2 to
70 due to be published this Easter
draft CV on the book cover reads:
Following his honours law degree at London University LLB (extern)
and articled clerkship, the author qualified as a solicitor in 1972. Later he
obtained a diploma in Education Law from Buckingham University.
He went on to practise as a partner at the then Catholic
firm of Witham Weld; then in 1981, was requested to be the honorary solicitor
for the visit to the UK of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, planned for
1982. The papal visit was successful despite the Falklands War
breaking out in that same year. He was later made a Knight of St Gregory by
As a teenager he joined the HCPT disabled children’s
pilgrimage trust. In his twenties he became an HCPT group leader.
Then with other helpers, for over 50 years took many disabled children and
young people on residential pilgrimages to Lourdes. Pilgrims travelled down to
Lourdes by overnight couchette train and one year during a national French
railway strike, a helper who had served in the French WWII
resistance, persuaded a former resistance
colleague, who had become the French union leader, personally to
drive the children’s pilgrimage train to Lourdes.
2014 saw him transfer to Farrer & Co solicitors as a
consultant from which he retired in 2016.
He has been a Governor of six schools during a period of over 30
years before becoming Governors’ Clerk to a Jesuit school for over two years
until retirement in June 2019.
for a new author to secure publication these days, going down the route of
paying a publisher to take the work on, seems a better route than the
traditional way of publishing. The risks are greater though royalty percentages
are potentially far higher. Though a reason for an autobiography, is of course
also that of passing some of the family story, down the generations.