International criminal lawyer

Criminal barrister Rory Field bids farewell as Bermuda’s Director of Public Prosecutions and reflects on the benefits of taking his London training overseas.

When did you last stop and think about what you really want from your career? Or do you simply reach forks in the path and somehow end up in a place which you would never have imagined? Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, stated: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ My transformation from counsel in the Crown Courts in and around London to international criminal lawyer, now for 17 years, probably started the day I attended my first Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) meeting. Suddenly I was in a room which seemed to be full of bright, motivated colleagues talking about Texas death row cases, missions to Turkey, pro bono work, challenges in francophone Africa; all exciting but somewhat alien to my day-to-day practice, which usually seemed to include dragging my wig, gown, papers and law books around the Southern England public transport system.

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