Sir Patrick James Hunt
(26 January 1943 – 8 November 2006) was an English barrister
and High Court judge
Hunt was born in Coalville
, where his father was a solicitor
. He was educated at the Boys' Grammar School
in Ashby de la Zouch
, and read modern history at Keble College, Oxford
. He did not concentrate on his studies, spending his energies on extracurricular activities, and graduated with a fourth class degree.
He became a teacher of English, but was called to the bar at Gray's Inn
in 1968 and joined the Chambers at 1 King's Bench Walk after serving a pupillage
there with David Smout. He practised mainly in criminal law on the Midland and Oxford Circuit
, with a side line in personal injury. His obituaries praise his strong court performance and ability to pitch his argument to suit the jury. He served as defence counsel in the Matrix Churchill
case in 1992, and in the murder
trial of Beverley Allitt
in 1993. He was prosecution counsel
in the trial of groom Clem O'Brien
for the murder of racehorse trainer Alex Scott
He became head of chambers at 36 Bedford Row from 1991 to 1999, and became a bencher
at Gray's Inn. He became a Queen's Counsel
in 1987, was a member of the General Council of the Bar
from 1989 to 1991 and 1996 to 1999, and Leader of the Midland and Oxford Circuit from 1996 to 1999.
He sat as a Recorder
from 1982 to 2000, and as a Deputy High Court judge from 1994 to 2000. He was appointed a High Court......