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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

(1883-1962), Judge

Sitter in 10 portraits
Birkett left school at fifteen and started working as an apprentice in one of his father's shops. Having become a Methodist preacher, he was encouraged to go to Cambridge and read theology. Once there, he decided instead to study law; by the 1930s he had gained a reputation as one of the foremost advocates of his time. He was connected with many famous legal cases, perhaps the best remembered of which was the 1934 murder trial in which he secured the acquittal of Tony Mancini in the face of overwhelming evidence (and a later confession). Birkett became a judge in 1941 and in 1945 he was selected as the alternate judge to Lord Justice Lawrence at the Nuremberg trials of German war criminals.

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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(28)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa late 1950s-1962
NPG 4529(28)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(29)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa late 1950s-1962
NPG 4529(29)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(30)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa late 1950s-1962
NPG 4529(30)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(31)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa late 1950s-1962
NPG 4529(31)

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, by Anthea Sieveking - NPG x199111

William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Anthea Sieveking
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG x199111

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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x100309

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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x100310

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William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 1951
NPG x100311

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