It is with much regret that we report that the Inn has recently been informed of the death of Master Widdicombe (David Widdicombe QC) last year on Sunday 27 October 2019, aged 95. The Inn’s flag flew at half-mast on Tuesday 15 December, in his memory.
Master Widdicombe was called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in 1950. He specialised in government administration and practised in Britain as well as in places such as Hong Kong and the Caribbean, which were still subject to British law. He took silk in 1965 and later became a Recorder and subsequently a Deputy High Court Judge. He edited the standard reference work on council rates and chaired the inquiry into the conduct of local authority business after the outcry over Dame Shirley Porters’ conduct of affairs in the City of Westminster.
He was appointed a Governing Bencher of the Inn in 1973 and served as a Trustee from 1975-86.