The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 51

Left: Hugh Corder was Professor
of Public Law at UCT 1987-2019,
and Dean of UCT Law for many
years. He advised in the drafting
of the transitional Bill of Rights
for South Africa in 1993 and is a
globally recognised expert in
constitutional law. “From
lawlessness to the rule of law: I
am privileged to have been part
of the journey,” he says.
Below: Stephen Hofmeyr QC
is based in London and holds
an MA (Jurisprudence) from
University College, Oxford.
his generosity and humility. And
all this despite being grievously
injured during active service at
El-Alamein and carrying shrapnel
in his body for the rest of his life.
Another eminent OD legal
scholar is Hugh Corder (1971S)
who, not uncoincidentally, was
supervised by Honoré as a DPhil
student. Corder was Professor of
Public Law at UCT from 1987 to
2019 and Dean of UCT Law for
many years. He advised in the
drafting of the transitional Bill
of Rights for South Africa in 1993
and is recognised worldwide as
an expert in constitutional law. His
long-standing UCT colleague, John
Hare (1965G), was the country’s
leading academic maritime lawyer.
It is particularly invidious
to select from among Bishops’
numerous high-flying practitioners
at the Bar and Side-Bar over 170
years. OD senior counsel have
included Frank Reid (1903) – a
familiar name; WH Mars (1910);
Graham Duncan (1915), said by
Mr Justice Ian Farlam to be one
of the leading advocates in South
African history; Donald Molteno
(1925), a QC, first chairman of
the Liberal Party of South Africa,
Dean of UCT Law and prominent
opponent of racial segregation;
Brian Bamford (1949G), also
a prominent author, member
of Parliament and DC magazine
editor; as well as current SCs
or QCs: Sean Rosenberg (1974F),
John Butler (1983S), Peter Corbett
(1975G), John Campbell (1974F),
Stephen Hofmeyr (1973O), Vuyani
Ngalwana (1986S) (a former
chairman of the General Council
of the Bar) and Paul Farlam (1983K).
Clive van Ryneveld (1945G),
who practised at the Cape Bar,
captained South African Test
cricket, played rugby for England,
and was one of 12 MPs who
resigned from the United Party and
formed the Progressive Party before
ultimately losing his seat in 1961.
Among the many accomplished
OD attorneys and solicitors over
the years, one might mention
Geoff Gray (1926), managing
partner of then-Findlay & Tait
and Springbok centre; Giles
White (1970W), managing
partner of Linklaters Asia,
now at Webber Wentzel; Gavin
Fitzmaurice (1984G), maritime
law partner at Webber Wentzel
and head of the Cape Town office;
and Jonathan Steytler (1978G),
managing partner at Smith
Tabata Buchanan Boyes.
Each of those above – along with
the other first-rate OD lawyers who
regrettably could not be named
for lack of space – walked his own
path. But all those paths led, for
a time, through the College. It is a
school that has always emphasised
service. And while the law is
sometimes regarded as a sordid
road to riches, at its core it aims at
higher ideals. For the practitioner
is an officer of court. The judge
aims to be a living embodiment
of justice according to law. The
scholar pushes on legal knowledge
and imparts it to the next
generation. Bishops is doing its
bit – and long may it continue.
Alistair Price
(1999G, head boy)
is a Member of
the Cape Bar
and Associate
Professor of Law
at the University of Cape Town.

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