The BBC reports: Dramatist and author Sir John Mortimer, who created enduring character Rumpole of the Bailey, has died aged 85 after a long illness.
On a purely personal note – I had the pleasure of meeting John Mortimer four times when he came to talk to my students at BPP Law School in London when I was the chief executive of the law school. He always had time for students. He would take no fee; asking only for a bottle of Champagne which he would consume (part of) while he gave his very amusing one hour talk. He will be missed.